Ravi Shastri likely to continue as coach of India: Reports
The BCCI is searching for India's next head coach and his support staff. Notably, the tenure of the current head coach, Ravi Shastri was set to end post the conclusion of the 2019 World Cup but he was given an extension. Further, Shastri has received an automatic entry in the process and as per the reports, he is likely to get a second term.
Who all have applied for this position?
The BCCI received an overwhelming response as around 2,000 people applied for the role of Team India's head coach. Big names in the form of Robin Singh, Lalchand Rajput, Mike Hesson, Tom Moody, Mahela Jayawardene and Phil Simmons are also in the race. However, as per sources inside the BCCI, Shastri remains the front-runner to retain his job.
India have won more than 70% matches under Shastri
Analyzing Shastri's performance so far, India have managed to win more than 70% of their matches under him. His achievements include historic Test series win in Australia, Asia Cup, along with a dominating performance in white-ball cricket against South Africa, away from home. Further, he seems to have the backing of skipper Virat Kohli and several other players.
Shastri once again the team's first choice: Sources
"In 2017, he was the team's first choice. In 2019, he's once again the team's first choice. Virat didn't even mince words when asked about this the other day," a close BCCI source was quoted as saying to Times of India.
Bharat Arun to retain his role as bowling coach
There are reports that India's current bowling coach Bharat Arun is also likely to retain his spot. It is under him, that India's bowling attack became one of the deadliest in the world. Under his guidance, Jasprit Bumrah took the number one spot in ODIs, while Kuldeep Yadav dominated in T20Is. Even in Tests, Indian bowling has consistently picked 20 wickets.
Fielding coach R Sridhar could face competition
For the fielding coach, R Sridhar is also the front-runner for now to retain the spot. However, South Africa's legendary fielder Jonty Rhodes has applied for the role, which could mean Sridhar could face a tough competition.