It seems the list of new applicants for the team India coach is not going to end soon. After Ravi Shastri made a late application for the job and we thought he is the frontrunner, we learn that former Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad has also applied for the same portfolio. It is surprising as there is a new name everyday now. This after Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli split and the former stepped down as the coach of the Indian team on the 20th of June. Prasad has prior experience of coaching which will keep him in good stead. Prasad, who played 33 Tests and 162 ODIs in the 90s, is set to finish his three-year term as the junior India chief selector in September this year.
According to TOI, a BCCI official spoke and said, “They came to know about the problem only after the IPL final in Hyderabad last month, by which time it was too late to do anything except ask the CAC to pitch in.
“It is, however, mysterious that CoA head Vinod Rai didn’t attend the meeting after the Champions Trophy final between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble, which turned out to be unpleasant in the end. If the CoA was more proactive, Kumble wouldn’t have been insulted by the captain in front of three top Board officials. He felt let down after the episode.”
“If it was done to suit Shastri, it won’t go down well with Viru, who, we must remember, was asked to apply in the first place. Neither will he be pleased about Sachin Tendulkar’s reported request to Shastri to apply for the job,” concluded the official.
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What works for Prasad?
He is a veteran and has been in this circuit and has seen how the Indian team goes about their business. Prasad has worked with the Indian team in the past hence knows the language and the culture. He has also had experience of coaching junior teams, which would work in his favour.
That EPIC face-off!