Ravi Shastri appointed as new Indian cricket team coach


New Delhi:  Ending all speculations, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced Former India allrounder and captain Ravi Shastri as the new coach of the Indian men’s cricket team. Shastri wins five-way battle to grab the post until 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Former India captain Ravi Shastri was named for the post in place for Anil Kumble. The former Team Director will hold the post for two years.

His name was approved by the BCCI-appointed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), consisting of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.

Shastri, who was considered as the front-runner for the job ever since he had expressed his desire to apply for the post, edged past the other five candidates who were interviewed in the all-important meeting in Mumbai.

Shastri had previously served as the Team Director of the Men in Blue for a span of almost two years. Under his mentorship, India had managed to reach the semi-final stage of the 2015 World Cup and the 2016 World T20. Not only so, India had also attained No. 1 Test ranking, although for a mere eight weeks.

Kumble’s resignation came less than two days after India were beaten by Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final. Under Kumble, India won Test series against West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia to cement their place as the No 1 team in the ICC Test Championship, as well as limited-overs series over New Zealand and England.

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