Ravi Shastri as coach of Team India; Zaheer Khan to be bowling coach


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    Ravi Shastri as coach of Team India; Zaheer Khan to be bowling coach
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BCCI's Cricket Advisory Council on Tuesday appointed Ravi Shastri as the new coach of Indian cricket team, said Acting BCCI President CK Khanna. Zaheer Khan was appointed bowling coach of Indian cricket team. "Rahul Dravid appointed as overseas batting coach. Tenure of Ravi Shastri, Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid will be till 2019 World Cup," said CK Khanna. “On Cricket Advisory Committee’s recommendation, we have decided to appoint Ravi Shastri as the chief coach while Zaheer Khan will be appointed bowling coach for a period of two years,”. “Rahul Dravid will also help the senior team as a batting consultant on overseas tours—specifically to countries like South Africa, England and Australia,” Khanna added. The development ended the drama surrounding the appointment since BCCI had to refute reports which prematurely announced Shastri as the chosen candidate. It wasn’t an easy decision for the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. 

It has been learnt that it was a tough fight between Shastri and Sehwag but it was skipper Virat Kohli’s strong recommendation about Shastri’s successful earlier tenure that swung the deal in favour of BCCI’s ‘Man for all seasons’. According to highly-placed sources, former captain Ganguly had reservations about Shastri’s appointment but was finally convinced by his illustrious colleague Tendulkar, who wanted the team’s wish to be respected. It was learnt that Shastri however didn’t get his choice of bowling coach—Bharath Arun—where Ganguly pulled a coup by getting Zaheer on board.



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