VVS Laxman or Anil Kumble
Ravi Shastri's tenure as India's head coach will come to an end after the Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman in November this year. Shastri hinted ahead of the tournament that he would not seek a contract extension.
"I believe one thing – never overstay your welcome. And I would say that, in terms of what I wanted to get out of the side, I've over-achieved, "In an interview with The Guardian, Shastri stated.
When asked when the best time for him to go was, he replied, "I believe so because I've achieved all I wanted. Five years as No 1 [in Test cricket], to win in Australia twice, to win in England. I spoke to Michael Atherton earlier this summer and said: 'For me, this is the ultimate – to beat Australia in Australia and win in England in Covid times.' We lead England 2-1 and the way we played at Lord’s and the Oval was special."
Shastri has guided Australia to two Test series victories so far, notwithstanding the team's exit from the 2019 World Cup semi-finals in England.
Who will be the next coach if not Shastri? As per reports, the BCCI may urge Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman to apply for the position of Indian team head coach.
Kumble earlier coached the Indian squad for a year in 2016-17, when he was appointed by the Cricket Advisory Committee, which included Sachin Tendulkar, Laxman, and Ganguly, to replace Shastri.
After a volatile relationship with skipper Virat Kohli, Kumble resigned after India's Champions Trophy final defeat against Pakistan. Kohli has already stated that after the World Cup, he will step down as T20 captain. Along with Kumble, the board may contact Laxman, who has coached Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL over several years.
"Anil Kumble's exit needs course correction. The manner in which the CoA succumbed to the pressure of Kohli and removed him, wasn't the best example set. However, it also depends on whether Kumble or Laxman are ready to apply for the job, "on condition of anonymity, a top BCCI source with knowledge of the situation informed PTI.
"The criteria for BCCI's coach's job will be such that only a select few with very good record as player as well as experience of coaching/mentorship can apply for the top job," the source said.
"He can apply if he wishes to but he doesn't have the stature to become a head coach of the Indian cricket team," the official replied when asked if Vikram Rathour was in the running.
"He is at best an assistant coach. However, when we select the new coach, he will have a team all by himself. So let's wait and watch, "the source stated.
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