Sachin Tendulkar convinced Shastri to re-entry in India coach job?
A day after Ravi Shastri’s re-entry for the race of India coach job, reportedly, it was Sachin Tendulkar, who stepped in to convince his state-mate to apply for the post.
Shastri is currently holidaying in London and reportedly said that he “wouldn’t stand in the queue” for the coaching job, as he believes that he had been deliberately ignored during the interview process last year despite doing a good job.
It’s still not clear whether the ex-India all-rounder would appear for the interview.
As per the report, it is Tendulkar, who too is holidaying in London with his family, convinced Shastri to consider his stand once again.
Tendulkar is part of the three-man Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). It is not secret that Indian captain Virat Kohli enjoyed working with Shastri and he might have wanted him to be Kumble’s successor.
Interestingly, last year, Shastri was the front runner to be selected as India’s head coach and was also interviewed by CAC members Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. However, despite having Tendulkar’s backing, Kumble edged Shastri, through Ganguly and Laxman’s support, to become the coach of the Indian cricket team.
Ganguly has said the differences between Kumble and Kohli were not handled rightly.
According to Ganguly, “The matter between Kumble and Kohli should have been handled a lot better, by whoever in charge. It was not handled properly”.
BCCI invited fresh applications on 23 June after Kumble stepped down.
Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus and Dodda Ganesh, for now, are the five shortlisted candidates. The board decided to stretch the deadline for fresh applications to 9 July from 31 May.