Ravi Shastri favourite to get another stint as India head coach; Sanjay Bangar's job on the line

Apart from Ravi Shastri, other names in the fray are Tom Moody, Mike Hesson, Lalchand Rajput, Robin Singh and Phil Simmons. Vikram Rathour is favourite to pip Sanjay Bangar as batting coach.

Press Trust of India, Aug 15, 2019 16:54:40 IST

Mumbai: India's head coach Ravi Shastri is a runaway favourite to retain his post when the Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) interviews the six short-listed candidates on Friday.

Apart from Shastri, the other big names who will give presentations to the three-member committee include former Australia all-rounder and Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody, along with ex-New Zealand and Kings XI Punjab coach Mike Hesson.

Ravi Shastri favourite to get another stint as India head coach; Sanjay Bangars job on the line

Ravi Shastri is a favourite to continue in his job as India's head coach. AP

India's 2007 World T20-winning cricket manager Lalchand Rajput, former Mumbai Indians head coach Robin Singh and West Indies' Phil Simmons, who until recently was Afghanistan national team coach, are the other candidates in fray.

Shastri's record since his comeback in 2017 has been very impressive, having guided the team to its maiden Test series win on Australian soil last year.

In 21 Tests since July 2017, under Shastri, India won 13 of them with a victory percentage of 52.38. It's even better in T20Is with 25 wins from 36 games with a win percentage of 69.44. The ODI record takes the cake with 43 wins in 60 games and a success rate of 71.67.

The only blip could be the fact that in 2015 World Cup in Australia (when he was Team Director) and the latest edition in UK, the team couldn't go beyond the semi-finals.

But the complete domination in the Caribbean, in both T20s and ODIs, indicates that he has been doing most of the things correctly.

With a very vocal and public backing from skipper Virat Kohli, it will be a major surprise if the 'Champion of Champions' is not back at the helm till the 2021 World T20 in India.

"Well, the CAC (Cricket Advisory Committee headed by Kapil Dev) has not contacted me on this. But all of us share a great camaraderie with Ravi bhai and would definitely be very happy (to have him around)," Kohli had said prior to his departure for the West Indies, making it clear where he stands on the issue.

Ravi Shastri, unlike Anil Kumble, had in his first stint already developed a healthy working relationship with Virat Kohli. Reuters

Ravi Shastri, unlike Anil Kumble, had in his first stint already developed a healthy working relationship with Virat Kohli. Reuters

Shastri is expected to appear via Skype while Rajput, Hesson and Singh are expected to appear in person in front of a panel that will also comprise former India women's captain Shantha Rangaswamy and opener Anshuman Gaekwad.

Shastri, who has played 80 Tests and 150 ODIs, was contracted till the World Cup in England, but he was given a 45-day extension till the end of the ongoing West Indies tour, where the visitors have won both the T20 and ODI series.

Shastri's nearest competitor could be Hesson, considered one of the shrewdest coaches around and Moody, who has had a successful record as an IPL coach for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Moody has appeared a couple of times for the coaches' interview but was not considered, and this time his task is even more uphill.

Rajput has also tried to get the coveted job multiple times and he might miss out again as Shastri's credentials are too strong to be ignored.

There could, however, be some debate over if Shastri will be able to retain his complete support staff. The interviews for batting, bowling and fielding coaches will be conducted by the selection committee headed by MSK Prasad.

The position for administrative manager -- Sunil Subramaniam's poor conduct has been criticised by one and all -- will also be up for grabs.

While Bharat Arun is all but certain to be retained as bowling coach having played his part in creating a potent pace attack, the same can't be said of former all-rounder Sanjay Bangar.

The only thing that can save Bangar is if Shastri, in his capacity, demand his own support staff.

Vikram Rathour is in running for the post with a fair amount of backing from one of the influential figures in Indian cricket's junior set-up. Unless things change drastically, Rathour remains the favourite to pip Bangar.

Incumbent R Sridhar is also ahead in the fielding coach's race even though he will be in direct competition with the legendary Jonty Rhodes, who has worked with Mumbai Indians.

Updated Date: Aug 15, 2019 16:54:40 IST






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