The BCCI on 11 July 2017 named Ravi Shastri as the new chief coach of the Indian cricket team. He will be with the team as its head coach till ICC World Cup 2019.
In addition to it, former fast bowler Zaheer Khan was also appointed as bowling coach for a period of two years.
Former Indian Captain Rahul Dravid has appointed as batting consultant for specific overseas tours. Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team has been without a head coach after Anil Kumble resigned from the post after the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
The appointments were made on the recommendation of the Cricket Advisory Committee. The BCCI's three-member Cricket Advisory Committee comprises of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.
For Shastri, 55, this will be his third with the national team. Earlier, he has served the national team as a Cricket Manager during 2007 tour to Bangladesh, then as Team Director from 2014 August to 2016 June during which India won Test overseas series versus Sri Lanka. During his tenure as Team Director, the team also reached the semi-finals of 2015 World Cup and World T20 semi-finals in 2016.
PTI reports that “It was learnt that it was a fight between Shastri and Virender Sehwag but it was skipper Virat Kohli's strong recommendation about Shastri's earlier tenure that swung the deal in favour of BCCI's 'Man of All Seasons'”.
Zaheer Khan, who last played international cricket in 2014, is considered to be one of finest exponents of swing bowling India has ever produced.
To be appointed as the Head Coach of the team, the 55-year-old former all-rounder and captain Ravi Shastri managed to beat a list of applicants that included former Indian opener Virendra Sehwag. The other applicants for the post were
a) Tom Moody: The former Sri Lanka coach and current coach of IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad.
b) Lalchand Rajput: At present, he is serving Afghanistan Cricket team as its head coach.
c) Richard Pybus: He is the former coach of Pakistan and Bangladesh cricket team and director of West Indies cricket Richard Pybus.
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