Ravi Shastri thanked former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson for his congratulatory wish after being re-appointed as Team India head coach.
Hesson to Twitter to congratulate Shastri, “Congratulations @RaviShastriOfc on your reappointed as @BCCI Head Coach. Wish you and the team the best for the coming seasons……??. “
“Thanks a ton, Mike. Much appreciated. Keep the coaching flag flying,” replied Shastri.
Thanks a ton, Mike. Much appreciated. Keep the coaching flag flying.
Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) August 16, 2019
Hesson, who holds the distinction of being the longest-serving coach of the Black Caps, was marked 2nd by the 3-member CAC committee on the basis of his interview whereas Shastri was re-appointed as the head coach of the Indian team till November 24, 2021.
The Cricket Advisory Committee comprising of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy had announced Shastri’s appointment on Friday.
Apart from Ravi Shastri who was handed an automatic entry into the interview process, former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, former Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody, Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput were in the fray. Former Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons, who was among the 6 shortlisted candidates, pulled out in the eleventh hour, citing personal reasons.
Captain Virat Kohli had made his intentions clear even before India left for the West Indies for a full-tour. Addressing the media in Mumbai ahead of the departure, Kohli said the team would be happy if Shastri continued as the head coach.
Shastri’s performance with the Indian team as the head coach between 2017 and 2019 earned him his fourth stint with Indian Cricket Team. Before this, Ravi Shastri had served briefly as the Cricket Manager (2007 tour of Bangladesh), Team Director (2014-2016) and head coach (2017-2019) of the Indian Cricket Team.