former India captain Ravi Shastri was named the coach for the Indian men's cricket team today, finally putting an end to the drama surrounding the post. He takes the place of previous coach Anil Kumble.
The former Team director will hold the post for two years, until the ICC 2019 World Cup. Shastri was carded to be the front-runner once he applied for the post on July 3. His name was approved by the BCCI-appointed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), consisting of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.
The advantage Shastri had over some of the other candidates is his good relationship with captain Kohli.
With Shastri as team director, India reached the semi-finals of 2015 ICC World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand. They reached the last four at the back of seven wins on the trot. India recorded a 3-0 win over Australia in the T20 series Down Under and against South Africa at home, India managed to win the Test series 3-0.
He made his Test debut against New Zealand in 1981 and opened his account in the shorter format of the game against England in the same year.
Shastri scored 3,830 runs in 80 Test matches for India at an average of 35.79. To add to that, he has 151 Test wickets to his name, making him one of the most successful all-rounders to play for India.
He was equally successful in the ODIs, having played 150 matches for India and scored 3108 runs. He also took 129 wickets at an average of 36.04.