Ravi Shastri favourite to get India head coach's position, claims Sunil Gavaskar

New Delhi: Former captain Sunil Gavaskar feels his ex-teammate Ravi Shastri is the favourite to become the head coach of the Indian cricket team.

Shastri has become the front-runner for the high-profile job after he formally submitted his application to the BCCI.

Former Indian cricket captains Ravi Shastri (top) and Sunil Gavaskar arrive for a meeting at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters in Mumbai, 06 April 2007. India's cricket chiefs are meeting in a two-day session with captain Rahul Dravid and coach Gregg Chappell and former Indian cricket captains, to find reasons for the World Cup debacle and decide on a future roadmap. Chappell, (58), has resigned as India's cricket coach following the team's first-round exit from the World Cup, sent an e-mail saying he did not wish to renew his contract as coach for "family and personal reasons", to Indian cricket board president Sharad Pawar's office. AFP PHOTO/ Sajjad HUSSAIN

File photo of Ravi Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar. AFP

"Ravi actually was the one (during his tenure as Team Director) the turnaround actually started for the Indian cricket team back in 2014," Gavaskar told NDTV.

"After India lost in England, the BCCI asked him to come in as a team director...Suddenly there was a change in the team's fortunes over a period of time. Now that he's applied, he's probably the man who is going to get the job," Gavaskar told NDTV.

Shastri, who served as Indian team director from August 2014 to June 2016, shares a healthy rapport with the players including captain Virat Kohli.

During his tenure, India won limited-overs away series against England in 2014, reached the semi-finals of the World Cup and World T20 (2015 and 2016 respectively), won away Test series against Sri Lanka, home series against South Africa and T20 away series against Australia.

The others who have applied for the head coach role are Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh, Lalchand Rajput and Phil Simmons.


Published Date: Jul 04, 2017 04:56 pm | Updated Date: Jul 04, 2017 04:56 pm

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