Ravi Shastri will continue as Team India’s for another two years as the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), headed by Kapil Dev picked the former Indian captain for the job after conducting interviews in Mumbai on Friday.
Shastri has been reappointed till the 2021 T20 World Cup in India.
This will be Shastri’s fourth stint with the national team. He served briefly as the Cricket Manager (2007 tour of Bangladesh), Team Director (2014-2016) and head coach (2017-2019).
Shastri pipped former India teammates Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh as well as former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson and Australia’s Tom Moody to the role. Former West Indies and Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons pulled out of the race, citing personal reasons.
The CAC reappoints Mr Ravi Shastri as the Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team. pic.twitter.com/vLqgkyj7I2
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 16, 2019
“Definitely no. 3 is Tom Moody, number 2 is Mike from New Zealand (very intelligent, very good, young boy) and no. 1 is Ravi Shastri which you all were expecting,” said Kapil Dev while announcing the decision.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
In a world that is so unpredictable, there was but one certainty. No surprise that Ravi Shastri continues as coach of the Indian team.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 16, 2019
No surprise with Indian coach selection. No brainer actually.
2020 & 2021 T20 WCs though will be stern tests. India's T20 sides need rebuilding, fresh ideas. Not to mention, three away tours to New Zealand, Australia (2020) and England (2021). Big challenge(s)! #RaviShastri
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) August 16, 2019
— आत्मनिर्भर Trivedi🇮🇳 (@NameNhiBataunga) August 16, 2019
— Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) August 16, 2019
— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) August 16, 2019
Kohli : pic.twitter.com/6LqF9rrvdT
— Ye Koi ***** Hai Kya? (@intolerant_monk) August 16, 2019
— Pratik Hegde (@pratik1491) August 16, 2019
— Sanket shahane (@Theroyalthug) August 16, 2019
Under #RaviShastri 'a directorial or coaching we have lost :
2015 ODI World Cup
2016 World t20
2019 ODI World Cup
T20 World Cup 2020
T20 World Cup 2021
— R A T N I $ H (@LoyalSachinFan) August 16, 2019
Once again Dr.Jofra Stranger predicted the future pic.twitter.com/XkZCv8APou
— Stranger (@pathy0251997) August 16, 2019
I don't mind if #RaviShastri continues to be the coach of the team as long as Kohli is happy. Because that's the most important thing. I don't mind even if Kohli wants Rakhi Sawant to be India's next coach. Whatever works for him, works for me.
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) August 16, 2019
Ravi Shastri is not a Lucky Coach but a Lucky Mascot for Virat Kohli. As long as he is there..he score Centuries..
— SUDHIR MISHRA (@SHAHSUDH) August 16, 2019
— Shah Harshil (@imharshil_shah) August 16, 2019
Contents of Ravi Shastri's powerpoint presentation for India's coach revealed.
Virat Kohli wanted me to coach the Indian team.
— Chiggy Viggy (@IdlySambhar) August 16, 2019