Twitterrati congratulated the ‘Tracer Bullet’
Ravi Shastri has been finally appointed as Team India’s new coach. Zaheer Khan will take over the reins of bowling coach. Rahul Dravid has been appointed as batting consultant. The Team Indian coaching dispute finally got settled with the Indian cricket board’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) naming Ravi Shastri, the new coach of the Indian men’s cricket team. As soon as the announcement was made, Twitter was abuzz as twitterati welcomed the ‘tracer bullet’ of Indian cricket to the post.
Former India all-rounder Shastri will hold the charge till the 2019 ICC World Cup. He had earlier served as the Team Director before Anil Kumble was appointed in 2016 the head coach for a year. Shastri’s first assignment with the team will be the upcoming Sri Lanka tour, featuring three Tests, five ODIs and a one-off T20 International, starting on July 26. We wish him a Good luck.
Ravi Shastri has all attributes that are needed to be a coach
Ravi Shastri is the perfect man. He already has all the attributes that are actually needed to be a good coach.
- 360 degree cricket person: Take a look around the cricket world, in India and elsewhere – there isn’t anyone more 360 cricket person than Ravi Shastri! Yes that’s absolutely true.
- He has travelled this world nonstop for 40 years, his journey starting as a young left-arm spinner in the 80’s. who was taking wickets and dismissing sides in Bombay’s local cricket.
- Spotted by maidan experts, word about his prowess reached the Nirlon office where sat Sunil Gavaskar, cricket supremo, Bombay’s Ranji captain.
- Gavaskar, the story goes, took one look at the young bowler and included him in the team. Given this break, Shastri raced up the cricket highway, well, ‘like a tracer bullet’.
- Within two years, through good performances (many wickets in Ranji) and good fortune (injury to Dilip Doshi, the main Indian spinner) Shastri was in New Zealand wearing the India cap in 1981. Once there, he did not look back and climbed the ladder, one leaping step after another.
Shastri’s Second Innings
Once done with active playing, Shastri wasted no time to reboot himself and start a new innings as a multifaceted cricket personality. He was passionate about his game. Ignoring adversity (knee injury tragically cutting his career short) Shastri plunged headlong into media work. As commentator, expert, analyst, cricket writer, anchor he carved a special position for himself.
In this second innings of his life, Shastri also acquired serious administrative experience. Besides watching cricket from close quarters and see it evolve, Shastri was a part of the IPL Governing Council and headed the National Cricket Academy for three years.
All the time, he kept his eyes open and ear close to the ground to understand the shifting ground reality of the sport.
Congratulations Ravi Shastri!
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