first_imgThe chief of BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA), Vinod Rai was the reason Team India got its head coach on Tuesday itself. Rai had urged the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) to speak with captain Virat Kohli and appoint the coach as soon as possible and not delay the process any further.WATCH FULL VIDEOThe CAC comprising of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman named Ravi Shastri as the successor to Anil Kumble till the 2019 World Cup and also appointed former greats Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid as bowling and batting coaches respectively, for India’s overseas assignments.Speaking to India Today on the appointments of these three great players in India’s coaching staff, Rai said that he’s happy with the job done by the CAC.”All’s well that ends well. It was very very important to finish it yesterday and not send out a wrong impression. I am glad the CAC agreed with our line of thinking,” Rai told India Today.”I congratulate Ravi Shastri, Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid. The CAC has done the most comprehensive job and I am absolutely delighted and want to thank them profusely.”I will meet Ravi on my return from Singapore and discuss with him. At the end of the day Indian cricket has benefited and as I said at the start all’s well that ends well,” he added.The CAC had interviewed five candidates on Monday – Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Shastri – before finalising on the latter.advertisementShastri was involved in a three-way race along with Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody as the advisory committee met in Mumbai to select the new coach.Zaheer has played 92 Tests and picked up 311 wickets and has 282 scalps to his name from 200 ODIs — and as captain of the Delhi Daredevils has nurtured several talented young players.Zaheer is well respected in the Indian cricket fraternuity and has played with current members MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin.On the other hand, Dravid is also coach of India’s A and U-19 teams. Known as the ‘The Wall’ fo his solid defecne, Dravid accumulated 13288 runs in 164 Tests and 10889 runs in 344 ODIs.India already have a full-time batting coach in Sanjay Bangar.last_img

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