After India’s subsequent loss to New Zealand in the Semi-finals of the World Cup 2019, the Cricket Board of India has decided to take in fresh applications for the role of the Indian Head Coach.
Currently, Ravi Shashtri is the current Head coach of the team and has a mix record with the team.
The BCCI also stated that the new applicants for this post must be below 60 and should have at least 2 years of International experience and should have played at least 30 Tests or 50 ODIs.
Here are the likely top contenders that would make a good head coach to the Indian cricket team.
Former New Zealand head coach is all set to send in his application for the Indian head coach’s position.
The 44 years old Kiwi man had been leading the New Zealand side as the head coach for 6 years, before stepping down in 2018.
Hesson had a successful run with the Black Caps and even guided them to their first ever World Cup finals appearance in 2015. He recently stepped into the cash rich, Indian Premier League and is with the Kings XI side.
After a brief experience of coaching the franchise based Indian side, Mike is all set to step in as the head coach for the high profiled Indian cricket team.
The Sri Lankan batsman has the status of being a legend of this game.
Mahela is regarded as one of the greatest batsman of all times to have played this game. The right-hander scored 11,814 runs in 149 Tests at an average of above 50. In the 50-over format, Jayawardene scored 12,650 runs in 448 games.
Mahela has a deep understanding of the game, the reason he is being picked as the idle candidate for this role.
Jayawardene has been leading the Mumbai Indians pack as the head coach and in his 3 years tenure; the side has won twice already.
The man who was once reckoned as the mastermind for India’s successful World Cup campaign is all set to make a comeback to the Indian side.
Gary left behind a legacy as he was the head coach when India lifted the World Cup after 28 years. However, the South African had announced in prior, that the 2011 WC was his final project with the Indian team.
Gary stated that he wanted to travel back to South Africa and spend some time with his family. Later on, he was appointed as the head coach of South Africa.
His tenure over there was short as he enjoyed no success. Kristen is currently coaching no team and can re-apply for the head coach’s position.
He has worked with the Indian National side before for quite a number of years, making him well versed with the playing culture and mentality of Indian cricketers.
This gives Gary an edge and the reason why he is in the run to gain back the stats of leading the Indian side as the head coach once again.
The Aussie man’s coaching stint with the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) came to an end as the team released him last week. SRH is a Hyderabad based franchise team in the Indian Premier League.
Moody served as the heat coach for SRH for 7 years and has seen them lift the trophy once (in 2016) and finish as runners-up once (in 2018). After his release, news has broke out that Moody might be eyeing the India’s head coach’s position.
The Australian has been a part of two World Cup winnings squads, was replaced by Trevor Bayliss, who was the part of the recent World Cup winning English side as the new head coach for SRH.
With Tom’s IPL experience and record, he would be definitely considered as a top choice for the Indian head coach’s position.
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The current head coach of the Indian team is in the run to retain his spot once again.
Kapil Dev, who is now the chief to the coach’s selection panel, once stated that, “Ravi Shastri has stats to back his claims as the head coach and will be in the run”.
Even recently, a lot of experts commented on the veteran’s harsh time as India made a semi-final exit in the recently commenced World Cup, stating it was just one bad game and he is still a good coach.
Ravi will be getting a direct entry to the interview process and has an edge over the other applicants.