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Shastri appointed as coach of India, Dravid and Zaheer are given batting and bowling department

Jul 12, 2017 | Kaushal Adhikari |

Former Indian all rounder Ravi Shastri has been appointed as head coach of the Indian national cricket team. Likewise, Rahul Dravid former Captain who is also the head coach of U19 and India A team has been appointed as the batting consultant for overseas test series. Former Indian left handed fast bowler Zaheer Khan has also been appointed as the bowling coach of Indian team.

It was believed that Shastri would apply for team India coach after Anil Kumble resigned from the post after finishing second in ICC Champions Trophy losing to arch rival Pakistan. Shastri has an experience of working as director of team India from August 2014 to him till 2016 . Under his tenure as Director India made into the semifinals of 2015 World Cup and 2016 T20 World Cup.

It is was also believed that as Shastri has good relation with Indian captain Virat Kohli and is likely to appoint Shastri as the coach. At the end of Kumble's tenure both Kumble and Virat had cold relation which might open door to Shastri.

The announcement of trio coaches and the consultant was made by BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) lead by former greats Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman on Tuesday.

Shastri was made coach of Indian team over four other candidates which CAC had interviewed for the role. Another four were, former Indian opening batsman Virendra Shewag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput.

Newly appointed Shastri, Dravid and Zaheer will join Indian team before heading towards Sri Lanka for their first tour beginning on July 26.


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