WITH THE BCCI HAVING CLOSED THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING NEW APPLICATIONS FOR THE JOB OF INDIA’S HEAD COACH ON JULY 30, HERE IS A LOOK AT THE POTENTIAL CANDIDATES TO REPLACE CURRENT COACH RAVI SHASTRI.
The current coaching staff, comprising head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R. Sridhar, who were given a 45-day contract extension following the World Cup, will get an automatic entry in the recruitment process.
Ravi Shastri has been the India head coach since July 2017, in which period India have won a Test series in Australia, beaten South Africa, Australia and New Zealand in ODIs away from home and won the 2018 Asia Cup.
The former Indian all-rounder has had an extensive career in coaching ever since he retired from international cricket in 2001. Starting off with coaching India U-19, he went on to coach Hong Kong, India A, before introducing quality fielding to the India national cricket team as their fielding coach in 2007.
Plying his trade in IPL, he started off as the head coach of Deccan Chargers, but it was Mumbai Indians where he gained recognition as a coach. Being the head coach for three years, and then their batting coach, he has led the team to four trophies. He has also served as coach of Khulna Division, Uva, City Kaitak, Karaikudi Kaalai, Kerala Kings, Northern Warriors and Barbados Tridents.
Former manager Lalchand Rajput has also thrown his hat in the ring for the job of the Indian cricket team’s head coach. Currently the head coach of Zimbabwe, Rajput is also open to the position of batting coach, according to reports.
The former Mumbai opener, who also played for India, has coached Afghanistan from 2016 to 2017 and domestic side Assam apart from a team in the T20 Mumbai League for two years. Apart from that, he has also been named as coach of the Winnipeg Hawks in 2019 GT20 Canada.
Here are the other four rumoured candidates for the role of India’s head coach: