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Shastri or Sehwag? Million dollar question for millions of Indian cricket fans
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has received five applications for the post of head coach of the Indian cricket team.

Let us first begin with 51-year-old former Australian cricketer Tom Moody, who has applied for this job thrice in the last 12 years. He almost made it in 2005 as a replacement for the outgoing coach John Wright. Although a number of senior players like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid were keen on Moody at that time, it was skipper Sourav Ganguly who had his way and the job ultimately landed in Greg Chappell's lap. Likewise, in 2016, Kumble was preferred over Moody, as a foreign coach is not the first preference of our team.

Ex-India opener Virender Sehwag has also applied for the job and given his popularity and rich experience, he seems the number one contender. He is a bit proactive on social media and is known to give a piece of his mind to people in instant reactions. However, in case he is selected, he will have to confine himself to the role of coach only. The only apprehension seems to be his aggressive tone. As a coach, he will have to develop a rapport with Virat Kohli who is also known for his bold and blunt aggression.

Among the other contenders to have applied for the post of Team India's head coach are current Afghanistan national team coach Lalchand Rajput, ex-Indian cricketer and also former Goa coach Dodda Ganesh, and last but not the least, director of cricket for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Richard Pybus. But honestly, the job appears to be too big for them to handle – reason being that they do not possess the stature to direct and guide cult personality players like MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli.

Thus by all means, Ravi Shastri appears to be the one most ideally suited for the role at the moment for the reasons given below:

  • He has worked with the team and knows the mentality, strengths and weaknesses of most of the players of the squad.

  • He shares tremendous chemistry with captain Virat Kohli.

  • He has got a very good rapport with the other team members, be it the bowling coach, physio or trainers etc.

  • He has got vast experience of playing conditions all over the world and can guide the players as to what strategy is needed.

  • He has got very good relations with board officials and media, so, he can channelize his contacts whenever the need arises.

Although Ravi Shastri does not have the best of relations with Sourav Ganguly, he has bright prospects to succeed Kumble, since, Ganguly is not the sole decision maker.

On a different note, the way Kumble has been asked to leave, it might be not possible for a new incumbent to give instant results. It has become essential for team India to overcome the damage done after being badly defeated by arch rivals Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Therefore, if Shastri does become the head coach, the road ahead for him would not be smooth.

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