After Team India’s shocking World Cup exit, there has been plenty of drama. Right from the Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma rift to Sunil Gavaskar slamming the selectors, the cricketing world has seen it all.
Now, there’s a question mark over Ravi Shastri’s future with the team. Shastri who had succeeded Anil Kumble in the year 2017, will accompany the team to West Indies due to his extension as the head coach.
However, the search has begun in full swing for Team India’s new coach. Reportedly, the biggest names have applied for the post.
Tuesday was the given deadline for the submission of all applications. After the second stage, the shortlisted candidates will have to go through the final interview round.
They will be interviewed by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) for the final selection. The CAC members include 1983 World Cup Winning Captain Kapil Dev, former batsman and coach, Anshuman Gaekwad, and former Women’s Cricket Team captain Shanta Rangaswamy.
Although Kohli has backed Ravi Shastri to continue as the head coach as the team has a “great camaraderie” with him, tough competitors are waiting in line.
As per reports, Australia’s Tom Moody (ex-head coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad) is one of the strongest contenders for the all-important position.
Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, ace Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene, ex-India player and fielding coach, Robin Singh (currently, Mumbai Indians head coach) are a few of the applicants. Former Indian team manager and present Zimbabwe coach, Lalchand Rajput is also a contender.
While former Test player Pravin Amre is eyeing the batting coach position, South Africa’s Jonty Rhodes is a favourite for the fielding coach role.
If all goes well, the name of Team India’s next coach will be revealed by mid-August.