Earlier it was learnt that former Team India Director Ravi Shastri too applied for the post after head coach Anil Kumble tendered his resignation.
Indian cricket team fielding coach R Sridhar feels that Ravi Shastri and Anil Kumble are two different personalities and their way of leading a side can not be compared. The daily also reported that the former seamer refused to comment on the subject but reliable sources confirm that he is willing to compete against Sehwag, Shastri, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput, and Doda Ganesh who had already applied for the post. However, it will be interesting to see how CAC member Sourav Ganguly deals with the former India all-rounder’s candidature after the differences emerged between the two cricketers during last year’s interview process, in which the latter was edged out by Kumble. Prasad has prior experience of coaching which will keep him in good stead.
BCCI has extended the last date for applying for the post.
“Shastri was somebody who was character-based. Kumble was someone who wanted to achieve excellence in his own way”, Sridhar told the Hindustan Times.
As it appears that Ravi Shastri might be selected monotonously, and at this moment, one must be aware of the flaws and positive impact that can be found under the coaching of Ravi Shastri.
“They were two different people, they can not be the same”, added Sridhar. R Sridhar is still the fielding coach while Sanjay Bangar is the batting coach.
He added: “What is important in today’s cricket as a leader is to follow the energies within the group”. India are now playing in West Indies and are playing under the leadership of Virat Kohli and are being managed by general manager of cricket operations MV Sridhar. It’s important to be receptive.
It is being reported that Tendulkar was in favour of Shastri even a year ago but other two members of the CAC i.e. VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly voted in Kumble’s favour. So we should allow that experience to take over and be inclusive and take the best possible decisions for the team. In a statement, which seems to back the former’s approach, the support staff says that it is important for a leader to “yield to the demands of the group”.