The BCCI is set to publish job openings for the head coach and support staff on its official website in the next few days. Current head coach Ravi Shastri and his team were given a 45 day contract extension at the end of the World Cup which will come to an end after India finishes their West Indies tour.
Shastri Asked To Reapply
The Indian team did very well at the 2019 World Cup even though they lost the semi-finals against New Zealand. What did not go down well with the Indian cricket fans is the manner in which the team planned and executed certain aspects of its strategy.
The two worrying issues were the lack of clarity as to who was going to bat at number 4 and 5 and the death over strategy that MS Dhoni has employed for the last two years. The emphasis for both points falls directly on head coach Ravi Shastri and to a certain extent Indian captain Virat Kohli.
Shastri clearly failed in chalking out who was India’s number 4 and 5. While he addressed the media and used the injuries of V Shankar and S Dhawan, the fact of the matter is that India has had problems with the number 4 and 5 position for the last two years and this gaping hole wasn’t addressed successfully – for which Shastri has to shoulder the responsibility.
Ravi Shastri has excused MS Dhoni’s style of play by constantly addressing Dhoni as the best finisher in the game and someone who had the best judgement out there. As the head coach, Shastri’s job is to fix what is wrong and not justify mistakes – something he has failed to do.
Shastri hasn’t confirmed if he is going to reapply for the head coach role but it is quite possible that he will given the fact that he and Kohli have a very strong relationship.
Possible Candidates For Head Coach
The head coach role for the Indian cricket team is the most demanding and highly paid jobs in world cricket. There is bound to be a number of applications coming in and the quality of candidates could determine where Shastri gets a second term.
Some of the candidates that might be a good fit include M Jaywardene from Sri Lanka, Tom Moody from Australia, former head coach Gary Kirsten from South Africa and India’s Virender Sehwag.