All the assumptions, speculations and drama were put to rest when BCCI announced the next head coach. It will be Ravi Shastri holding the hot seat. He will be India’s coach at least till 2019 ICC World Cup. BCCI also announced Zaheer Khan as the bowling coach of India. And much to the delight of Indian fans, BCCI also gave a post to Rahul Dravid. Dravid will be India’s batting consultant for foreign tours including upcoming Sri Lanka tour.
Meanwhile, Ravi Shastri who also served as the director od the team from 2014-2016. He said he has no hard feelings for Chief Advisory Committee member Sourav Ganguly. Last year, both were involved in the war of words when Anil Kumble was chosen for the post of head coach. Shastri said that the differences between two individuals don’t matter when the ultimate goal is to bring laurels to the team and country.
“Individuals do not matter. We are both former captains and there is bound to be disagreements but that is all right. There were some good questions asked in the meeting and they were answered. Whatever happened in the meeting stays confidential. For the interest of Indian cricket we must move forward,” he told India Today.
Ravi Shastri was not nervous about BCCI’s final call
When asked about anxiety leading up to the announcement, he said he was not nervous and instead was chilling in London. With a lot of competitive cricket till 2019 ICC World Cup, he is looking forward to all the assignments.
“This is precisely the reason why I can’t wait to get started. This is a quality bunch and they can become one of the best Indian teams. I have no baggage and whatever happened in the last year doesn’t matter. I will start from where I left,” he said.
In Kohli’s defence
His opinion on the future of MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh in the team was that “They are both champion players. The 2019 World Cup is a long time and we will take a decision at the right time,” he said.