Ravi Shastri – the Manmohan Singh of Indian Cricket or another Greg Chappell in the making?
Let’s first begin with a congratulatory note to Mr.Ravi Shashtri for being selected as the Head Coach of Indian Cricket. He ventured into the Indian Cricket team as a left arm spinner and later went on to become a specialist batsman. He was the number 10 batsman during his initial days and later became an opener. With the BCCI, he started as a commentator and now he has become the Head Coach. (He was also the team director for 2 years)
Many might come to the conclusion that he is a perfect example for ‘Jack of all trades, but Master of none’. But that wouldn’t do justice to the service he has offered as a Player, Commentator and Team Manager.
Okay, now, let’s discuss about the various controversies surrounding his appointment as a coach.
Kumble - a successful campaigner who was deprived merit!
Anil Kumble was appointed as the head coach last year by the Cricket Advisory Committee(CAC) comprising of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. Under him India won the test series against West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia, and also the ODI series against England and New Zealand. India was also the runner-up of the Champions Trophy 2017.
But a feud between him and Virat made him resign from his head coach job. There is a striking possibility of Ravi Shatri’s influence in this conflict.
Relationship between Shastri & Virat!
During Shastri’s stint as the team manager of India, he enjoyed a great rapport with the ace batsman Virat Kohli. This is the reason for Virat to recommend Shastri’s name to CAC for the head coach job. There are many doubts among cricket enthusiasts whether Ravi Shashtri would have influenced Kohli to disagree with Kumble.
War of words between Shastri and Dada!
Upon the appointment of Kumble as the head coach last year, Shastri openly admitted to the media that he was unhappy with the selection and even criticized Dada for not selecting him. This didn’t go down well with Dada and they both were involved in a battle of words. Sourav even went on to say that Shashtri attended his interview from Bangkok on Skype and his presentation was unimpressive!
Shastri – the coach & Team India’s future!
Captain Kohli has been given the veto power to select the Head Coach among the applicants. If that is so, why the CAC needs to disappoint the likes of Virendar Sehwag and Tom Moody in the name of an interview? Now the coach is demanding BCCI to appoint Bharath Arun as the bowling coach instead of the CAC appointed bowling coach Zaheer Khan.
Also, many cricket followers are expecting feuds between senior players due to the Ravi Shastri factor. Time will only answer whether he will be a Manmohan Singh of Indian cricket or another Greg Chappell in the making!