After much drama and hullabaloo, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the appointment of Ravi Shastri as the new head coach of the Indian cricket team. The other members of the coaching staff were also announced with former India fast bowler Zaheer Khan being named as the bowling consultant and former star batsman Rahul Dravid getting the role of overseas batting consultant.
Ever since legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble resigned as the Indian cricket team’s head coach, a lot of anticipation had surrounded the appointment of the new coach. Shastri's appointment has put an end to all of this. The former cricketer's term as head coach will extend till the 2019 World Cup.
Shastri was the director of the Indian team between 2014 and 2016, during which time he led the Men in Blue to the semi-finals of the World Cup and 2015 World T20. He had also applied for the job in 2016 but Kumble was chosen over him.
After the announcement, Shastri's name has become one of the top trending topics on Twitter. The announcement resulted in a bustle of reactions on Twitter. While many cricket fans and followers took to social media to express their opinion, few hailed the decision.
Shastri is considered to be skipper Virat Kohli's preferred choice. Many Twitter users suggested that the appointment process could have been influenced by Kohli’s preferences. Some Twitterati also lashed out at Shastri and Kohli.
Ravi Shastri appointed coach of Indian cricket team for the 1st time.
In his previous stints
Cricket manager in 2007
Team director in 2014
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 11, 2017
Ravi Shastri appointed Coach of Indian Cricket team till 2019 WC. Pity others who applied fr this sham process.Why put them through this? — Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) July 11, 2017
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) July 11, 2017
Ravi Shastri appointed India head coach till 2019 World Cup and Anil Kumble to be the head photographer. — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) July 11, 2017
Shastri is by no means the worst candidate. But his selection raises bigger questions about the so called processes followed by BCCI.
— cricBC (@cricBC) July 11, 2017
BCCI be like. pic.twitter.com/7dzQPBmUsd
— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) July 11, 2017
Having @ImZaheer as bowling coach is a fantastic move.Wish Team India good luck under Ravi Shastri .Hopefully d focus will be on cricket now
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 11, 2017
With inputs from PTI