Ravi Shastri. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Ravi Shastri started his career as a right-arm spinner and then became a batting all-rounder. He also played a part in the ICC World cup in 1983 which was won by the Indian team. He has played for the Indian team between 1981 and 1991 in the test and ODIs and has contributed a lot to the nation.
Even after he retired from cricket he had played the role of commentator. And thereafter have served with several other roles such as the cricket manager during the Bangladesh tour in 2007, team’s director between 2014 and 2016. And then in 2017, he was designated with the position of Head coach of the Indian cricket team following Anil Kumble. In his interval, the Indian team was able to reach the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Also, India was able to win two consecutive test series in Australia.
Later in 2019, his tenure came to an end but again he was renamed as the Head coach for the next two years. Then he lead India to ICC ODI World Cup 2019, where the team was beaten by New Zealand, and now as his role is facing an end this November after the ICC T20 World Cup; what do you think, who is the next best candidate to replace Ravi Shastri?
Let us discuss who can be the best one to succeed Ravi Shastri as the Indian Team Head Coach:
Rahul Dravid. Photo Credit: AFP
The very most likely candidate who can step and replace Ravi Shastri is Rahul Dravid. He has been marked as a coach for the senior team for a very long. Also, he had served as the Head of the National Cricket Team. He was the coach of the team when Prithvi Shaw leads us to the under-19 World Cup a few years back in New Zealand.
David also has guided the limited-overs squad in Sri Lanka recently, the team which was led by Shikhar Dhawan. Therefore he is a very deserving candidate but the question is; Is he ready to accept the position of Indian team Head coach.
Tom Moody. Photo Credit: AFP
Talking of coaches, former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody is one of the best to be known. When he was a player, he was the part of World Cup and won twice. He has also guided the Sri Lankan team to reach the World Cup finals in 2007.
Tom Moody has a great knowledge of the Indian Cricket Team, as he is also related to the IPL franchise. Under Moody, Sunrisers Hyderabad has performed really well. This year he has been again reappointed as the Director of cricket for the Hyderabad team. And with this experience in the Indian team, he is the finest candidate to take over Ravi Shastri.
Mahela Jayawardene. Photo Credit: The SportsRush
The Sri Lankan player, Mahela Jayawardene is the former charismatic batsman and is also one of the best captains that the nation has ever had. He has been part of the World Cup finals 2007 and 2011. Though Sri Lanka may have not prospered but Jayawardene scored 100 in the latter game. After his retirement, he was appointed as Mumbai Indians coach in IPL 2017. He shares a good relation with Rohit Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, and Jasprit Bumrah. His coaching has helped the Mumbai Indians to win over 3 trophies in IPL. His pairing with the Indian team members is really great and this could result in him being the Team India coach as well.
Mike Hesson. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL
Along with Brendon McCullum, Mike Hesson should also be credited for the commendable transformation of the New Zealand team in the early 2010s, as he was their head coach at that time.
Hesson plays the role of the Director of the IPL franchise for the RCB team. And one can certainly notice the difference in their performance. Furthermore, Hesson and our Indian team captain Virat Kohli seem to share a good relationship with each other, which can genuinely result in the favor of Hesson as the future Indian Team Head Coach.
Trevor Bayliss. Photo Credit:Twitter
Trevor Bayliss is a former Australian cricketer who may have not been able to shine during his playing day but is currently one of the best legendary coaches. He was the one behind the transformation of England and led them to the World Cup victory.
He has experience of over 15 years and is in fact an ideal candidate to succeed Ravi Shastri. Also, he is aware of the culture of Indian cricket as he has coached the Kolkata Knight Riders and help them to win 2 IPL trophies in 2012 and 2014. He has also mentored Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2020. This experience may result in him becoming the Indian team coach.
What do you think, who will be the deserving want to replace Ravi Shastri?