The selection for the coach of Indian Cricket Team was a win-lose situation for both the former Indian Cricketers Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri. While Ravi Shastri was appointed as the Indian team’s head coach, Ganguly was successfully able to place his preferences as bowling coach and batting consultant in the name of Zaheer Kahn and Rahul Dravid respectively.
The harsh relationship between Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and newly appointed coach Ravi Shastri has never been hidden from anyone. Everyone noticed Ganguly’s reservation with Sourav Ganguly when Anil Kumble was appointed as the head coach of Indian cricket team last year.
This time again coach’s announcement wasn’t easy for the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) including Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman as it has been learned that there was a tough fight between former Indian Opener Virender Sehwag and Ravi Shastri. But captain Virat Kohli wanted Shastri as the new coach of the team.
It is said that Ganguly was not fully agreed on Shastri’s name and Virender Sehwag was his preference for the post of head coach of Indian Cricket Team and Tendulkar, who wanted the team’s wish to be respected, convinced Ganguly, as Kohli’s vote was also with Ravi Shastri. Shastri does have the support of this young Indian side as, what we can say is, he allows players to go shopping whenever they want.
Ganguly is said to have convinced on his name only after it was agreed that his choice Zaheer Khan would be made the bowling coach of the team instead of Bharath Arun. Shastri wanted Bharath Arun as bowling coach as he was on his team when the former all-rounder was bowling coach of the team.
Ganguly also won in terms when Rahul Dravid was appointed as batting consultant for overseas tours at the last moment.