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Ravi Shastri

After taking the position from Anil Kumble as an Indian coach, Ravi Shastri is very clear on one thing that ‘the captain is the boss of the team. He and his backroom staff are only to help the players are in the right frame of mind to perform at their best.

Shastri was a team director just before Kumble was appointed as coach last year, he said disappointed when he was overlooked as head coach in 2016. However, after Kumble’s contract expired in June 2017, BCCI decided not to renew it and sent out an advertisement seeking candidates for the position.

The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman finding India’s next coach told the BCCI that Kumble remained their first choice. But Kumble stepped down after realising the differences between him and the captain Virat Kohli had become “untenable.”

Ravi Shastri

Talking about earlier selection, recent new Indian coach Shastri said to ‘Times of India’ “I had not really wrapped my head around the gravity of the situation. There was nothing personal. I really hadn’t begun to understand the seriousness of this. But when I sat down and gave it a serious thought, I began to tell myself.”

“Here is a unit that I have been part of and enjoyed a great working relationship with. Having been part of the unit that helped it become No. 1, I thought the onus is on me now to make it work again, in the best interests of everybody involved. That’s when I knew it’s time for me to apply again.”

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Taking about happy to let the captain charge, Shastri said “It’s always the captain’s team and it is the leader who calls the shots. That’s how it has always worked. A coach’s role, effectively speaking, is to stay in the background and let the onus be on the players.”

Ravi Shastri

“The coach and support staff’s role is to get the players in the most brilliant frame of mind to execute things and if done effectively, it brings enjoyment to the player’s game.”

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Shastri said about his relationship with the support staff, “I’m simply going to press the refresh button and begin from where I left. I know what I’m stepping into, players have an idea of what’s coming, so that ticks the first box.”

“Just to give you an idea, I won’t be spending the first six to eight months in the job warming up to the team. That had already been accomplished in my previous stint. This time, it’s going to be about getting on the job from day one.”

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Virender Sehwag

The Indian cricket board’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) is set to go through the list of applicants to find the new head coach of Indian men’s cricket team before they travel tour of West Indies.

Former Indian captain Ajit Wadekar feels fit to Virender Sehwag for the head coach of Indian men’s cricket team. Wadekar said in an interview to NDTV “If not Anil Kumble, then Virender Sehwag is the best option India can have. He has an attacking style approach towards the game and it will be good for India.”

Indian legendary leg-spinner Kumble stepped down as head coach of Indian men’s cricket team on Tuesday. After Kumble’s stepping down as head coach, The Board of Control for Cricket in India had announced for application to fill-up the post before the ICC Champions Trophy.

Before Kumble was a direct entry into the coach selection while the others who applied for the head coach post included Tom Moody, Virender Sehwag, Lalchand Rajput and Richard Pybus.

Virender Sehwag

Wadekar added, “I will still prefer Anil for this job. Let’s have a look at India’s performances in the past one year. The statistics itself give the answer. India’s domination in the past one year is commendable in Kumble’s reign. So, we must respect that. But, if you ask me as a Kumble’s successor, it should be Sehwag.”

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Talking about leading India as coach between 1992 and 1996, Wadekar said, “When I was the coach of the Indian team, Anil Kumble was there. He was one of the nicest persons in the team. He was well educated, sincere and mad about his game. The only thing he focussed on – victory. I am amazed after his resignation.”

“I have seen Kumble sweating it out on a particular delivery during the net sessions. He wanted perfection in everything. Jumbo is a real gem. I really don’t understand why a captain like Virat Kohli has gone to such extent. Kumble is the best man to handle Team India right now.”

Virender Sehwag

The 76-year-old former captain-coached said “Greatness and modesty should go along. And, in Virat’s case, it is almost opposite. He should be feeling blessed to have Anil as a coach. If you are disciplined that doesn’t mean that you are not a good coach. I am sure Virat will realise soon what mistake he has made.”

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Wadekar asked on Kohli saying that “I want to ask Kohli, how could he change his opinion in just one year? India were performing and giving positive results. Then why did he do this? It’s a complete sign of immaturity.”

“He has been leading the Indian side for a while now, such behaviour wasn’t expected from him. If you talk about India team, they should consider themselves losers. They have lost a gem like Kumble.”

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