The Ravi Shastri-Virat Kohli formula has done wonders for India, evident by the team’s recent success. However, there is a possibility that the former India all-rounder may not be the head coach for long.
The management handed over a small assignment to Rahul Dravid as the head coach of the second-string team in Sri Lanka. But, it seems unlikely that Dravid would take over Shastri as he has already re-applied to continue as the head of the NCA.
Shastri is open to the idea of continuing to coach the Indian team. The BCCI are keeping a close eye on this with current batting coach Vikram Rathour seen as a replacement for Shastri, should the post be vacant after the T20 World Cup. As of now, there are no other names being associated with the post.
“I don’t think Shastri doesn’t want to continue as head coach. He would always be keen on staying at the helm. But everything will depend on how team India performs in the T20 World Cup,” a BCCI Official said while speaking to Jagran.
Shastri is yet to comment on the rumours surrounding his future and is solely focused on the ongoing Test series in England.
The BCCI has recently invited applicants after Dravid’s two-year tenure had come to an end. While the BCCI were interested in offering Dravid the position of the head coach of the Indian team, he will most likely continue his work at the NCA and monitor youngsters and recovering first-team players.
“Yes Dravid definitely doesn’t want to become the coach. He has hinted though that he wants to stay the head of the NCA only. BCCI respects his decision,” the official further added.
Team India have been drawn alongside arch-rivals Pakistan, New Zealand and Afghanistan for the global event. The group will see two more members being added once the qualification stage ends.
The Men In Blue will open the tournament with a match against Pakistan on October 24 in Dubai.