Ravi Shastri named team India's new head coach, fans say 'downfall begins'

CAC members, which includes former India captain Sourav Ganguly, former batsman V.V.S. Laxman and legendary Sachin Tendulkar, interviewed candidates for head coach job

Soon after former Indian captain Ravi Shastri appointed team India’s new head coach by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), social media sites like Twitter and Facebook got flooded with the reactions, some of the Indian team fans termed it as good move while some called it as ‘disastrous’. BCCI announced this decision after Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) has asked the board to announce the name of the Indian team head coach today. Earlier, Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) postponed the decision to select the new head coach as they wanted to discuss with skipper Virat Kohli, who is currently travelling back to India after West Indies tour.

CAC members, which includes former India captain Sourav Ganguly, former India batsman V.V.S. Laxman and the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, interviewed candidates for top post job at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on July 10. Lalchand Rajput, Virender Sehwag, Richard Pybus, Ravi Shastri and Tom Moody were the candidates appeared before the CAC on July 10.

“Now there will be two factions in the Indian Cricket Team. One of VK and Shastri and other of the players,” Indian cricket team fan Aditya Bakshi posted a comment on InUth’s link on Facebook.

Here are some the reaction:

Ravi Shastri applied for the post after Anil Kumble resigned from the post following the rift with the captain Virat Kohli. Anil Kumble resigned a day after India lost to Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final held in England.

Anil Kumble took to his official Facebook handle to share a post. In his post he wrote: “…I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the captain had reservations with my ‘style’ and about my continuing as the head coach. I was surprised since I have always respected the role boundaries between captain and coach. Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on.”

Team India will next tour Sri Lanka. The Virat Kohli-led side is set to play three Test matches, five One-Day Internationals (ODI) and a one-off Twenty20 International during the series. All the three Test matches will be played in Galle, Colombo and Kandy.