After ex India coach unceremoniously quit from his post last week, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) extended the application date for the job to July 9.
Ravi Shastri too threw in his hat two days ago. Now as the application deadline draws nearer, there is a lot of anticipation about who is chosen as the next coach.
The applicants until today are Virender Sehwag, Ravi Shastri, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh. The two names that stand out among these are of Sehwag and Shastri. Sehwag came under heavy criticism for his two line application letter to the BCCI, after which the common opinion of people was that someone as unprofessional as him will not be fit for the coveted post.
On the other hand, Shastri is the frontrunner in the race. He has the backing of captain Virat Kohli with who he shares a friendly relationship. Also, some of the BCCI officials want Shastri to become the next coach. And recently, Sachin Tendulkar, one of the three members of the cricket committee which will appoint the new coach had said that it was on his request that Shastri applied for the post. These three points make Shastri’s probability for the post the highest among all others.
However, Sourav Ganguly has enlisted what a coach needs to have, and Shastri make lack some of that.
“Coach should be someone who can help and get the team going. An impressive presentation does not make you a good coach. Various things are needed to make a good coach — like man-management skill, situation-understanding skill.” said Sourav Ganguly according to ANM News.
“Maybe someone will be better skill-wise but will lack at man-management. You just have to move on.” he continued.
The new coach will be appointed before India’s tour to Sri Lanka in July.