After ex India coach Anil Kumble put down his papers from his post, BCCI extended the application date to July 9, and two days earlier, former director of Indian Team Ravi Shastri also threw in his hat.
But there were reports that Ravi Shastri, was unwilling to apply for the post unless there was a cent percent guarantee of his selection, since he was rejected by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman the last.
It was then that Sachin Tendulkar who stepped in to resolve the issue. As per reports in the Times of India, Sachin and Shastri, both of whom are in London currently, met with each other and Sachin convinced him to apply for the role after which the Shastri eventually agreed to enroll himself.
As of now, the six applicants in the fray are Ravi Shastri, Dodda Ganesh, Richard Pybus, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput and Virender Sehwag. Shastri was appointed as the director of the Indian team during the 2014 tour of England and since he has closely worked with the team before, he may get the nod overs others. Moreover, he has the backing of Indian captain Virat Kohli, both of whom share a good and amiable relationship. And if Sachin asked him to apply, he has the support of the Master Blaster as well.
Currently, the Indian team is without a head coach in the West Indies but the deadline for the new coach has been set to the tour of Sri Lanka next month. Given that Sri Lanka is a powerful team, India cannot be without a coach.
Reports of a rift between Kumble and Kohli had emerged during the buildup to the Champions Trophy 2017, and despite the unhealthy relationship between the two, India emerged as the runners-up of the tournament, after losing to Pakistan in the final at the Oval.