After what seemed like an impossible decision that took two months to fructify, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced former cricketer Ravi Shastri as the new coach of the Indian cricket team. Shastri has replaced former team captain and bowler Anil Kumble.
According to reports, Shastri, who had served as the team director from 2014 to 2016, was interviewed by the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. The 55-year-old former skipper is said to have beaten teammate Virender Sehwag and ex-Australian cricketer Tom Moody for the post.
As the new head coach of the Men in Blue, Shastri takes charge of the team for the upcoming test series against Sri Lanka, starting July 26, and will also mentor the team until the next ICC World Cup slated to be held in England in 2019.