Ravi Shastri’s entry spices up the race for India’s next coach

first_imgFormer captain Ravi Shastri’s entry in the race for Team India’s next coach has made the situation more interesting for fans and pundits. While most feel Shastri is the frontrunner to get the job now that he has submitted his application to the BCCI, the former team director himself has rubbished all such rumours.Anil Kumble’s resignation from the post of head coach came as a rude shock last week but his professional relationship with India captain Virat Kohli and his teammates had turned sour to such an extent that it became impossible for the legendary leg-spinner to continue further.Kohli since has received a lot of flak from fans, the media, the pundits and has been solely blamed for Kumble’s ouster. The BCCI’s cricket advisory committee (CAC) which consists of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman were also unable to mend the gap between the coach and captain despite their best efforts.It is a well known fact that Shastri was Kohli’s preferred choice for the post last year but the CAC went ahead and appointed Kumble. But with Kumble out of the picture, the odds are once again back in Shastri’s favour.The BCCI though has decided to go with the usual process in selecting the new coach and has extended the deadline for the candidates to apply till July 9.The other applicants are Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Dodda Ganesh, Lalchand Rajput and Richard Pybus. But what experience do they have in terms of coaching? Here’s everything that you need to know about the contenders.advertisementRAVI SHASTRIShastri was appointed the team director when MS Dhoni was still the captain of the Indian team in all three formats in 2014 and Duncan Fletcher was the head coach. But Shastri took sole responsibility after Fletcher’s tenure came to an end post the 2015 World Cup.During Shastri’s term, which last for two years from August 2014 till June 2016, India reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and the 2016 World T20 and also climbed to No. 1 on the Test rankings for a period of eight weeks.India also clinched its first limited-overs bilateral series in Australia, whitewashing the hosts 3-0 in a T20I series in January last year.Shastri is now the top contender for the job as head coach being the popular choice of the captain and also the rest of the players in the team. Sehwag is probably the only other applicant who can challenge Shastri but that seems unlikely at the moment given the latter’s experience and past results with the current batch of players.International career:80 Tests – 3830 runs, 11 100’s, 151 wickets150 ODIs – 3108 runs, four 100’s, 129 wicketsTwitter Photo VIRENDER SEHWAGHe is the most celebrated name in the list and perhaps the leading contender if you ask the fans but his C.V. as a coach isn’t as good as his stats as a player.Sehwag, who according to reports had just sent a two line application without a cover letter for the job, has just coached the Kings XI Punjab franchise in the Indian Premier League.That is all the Nawab of Najafgarh can boast of. He has only mentored the Punjab franchise for two seasons. He’s the least experienced of the lot but this season Punjab finished fifth in the league and played some good cricket.International career:104 Tests – 8586 runs, 23 100’s and 40 wickets.251 ODIs – 8273 runs, 15 100’s and 96 wickets.19 T20Is – 394 runs, two 50’s.TOM MOODYHe has to be one of the favourites to land the job if Kumble is to be replaced. He has been coaching teams for the past 12 years and has had successful stints with most of the teams.In 2005 he was appointed coach of the Sri Lanka and he led them to the 2007 World Cup final before leaving the post. Later that year, the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) announced Moody as the manager and head coach of the Western Warriors for the next three years. Under Moody, WA qualified for one final in three seasons in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash.In December 2012, Moody took over as the coach of the new IPL Sunrisers Hyderabad team. He is still the coach of the SRH team and under him, the Hyderabad franchise have reached the qualifier rounds three times and won the championship in 2016.He is also the current director of cricket for the Big Bash League team Melbourne Renegades.International career:8 Test – 456 runs, two 100’s and two wickets.76 ODIs – 1211 runs, 10 50’s and 52 wickets.BCCI Photo DODDA GANESHadvertisementDodda Ganesh is the least famous out of the six candidates. He was a right-arm medium pacer and a right-handed batsman for India and made his debut against South Africa at Cape Town in 1997.He has only played four Tests and one ODI for India but is one of the most succesful bowlers for his state team — Karnataka. He has picked up 365 wickets from 104 matches in first-class cricket.He took over the team in 2012. He coached them for four years.He has also coached the National Cricket Academy’s under-16 and under-19 sides.International career:4 Tests – 25 runs and five wickets.1 ODI – 4 runs and 1 wicket.LALCHAND RAJPUTLalchand Rajput is one of the strong contenders for the job because of his experience in coaching.He has coached the Under-19 and India A teams. Interestingly, Rajput was the manager of the Indian team that won the first Twenty20 World Cup in 2007 held in South Africa.Rajput has also coached the Mumbai Indians in the first edition.Last year, Rajput was named as head coach of Afghanistan, replacing Inzamam-ul-Haq. The Afghanistan team has since then made major strides in International cricket and has also broken into the top 10 teams in the ICC ODI rankings and are ninth in the T20 rankings ahead of Bangladesh, who sit on No. 10.International career:2 Tests – 105 runs, one 50.4 ODIs – 9 runs.RICHARD PYBUSRichard Pybus has coached Pakistan and Bangladesh and currently serves as the Director of Cricket for the West Indies Cricket Board. He has held this post since October 2013.He has brought through players like Makhaya Ntini and Justin Kemp.Pybus joined Border Cricket in 1995 and ran the Youth Cricket department, before going on to set up Border Cricket’s first cricket academy, The Mercedes Benz Border Cricket Academy, of whom Ntini was a graduate.He has also coached the Titans in South Africa’s domestic team and under him players like Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Albie Morkel, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Farhaan Behardien and Paul Harris have come through. He then took over the Cape Cobra’s and made them the most successful team in South Africa, trumping the Titans.  Vernon Philander and Richard Levi broke into the national team from the Cobra’s during his tenure as a coach there.But, he has just played one first-class match, scoring just one run.last_img