India head coach Ravi Shastri is all set to step down from his post after the T20 World Cup. Shastri’s term comes to an end after the T20 World Cup and if reports are to be believed, he is not interested in applying for an extension. It’s also reported that he has conveyed his decision to BCCI’s top officials.
Shastri took over the reins of the Indian team after Anil Kumble’s resignation in 2017. After serving as the head coach till 2019, the former all-rounder extended his contract for another term. Along with Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar are also set to vacate their posts. However, batting coach Vikram Rathour may get an extension.
The BCCI have already started the discussions of the appointment of a new head coach and the selection process will begin soon. Several reports have also stated that former India skipper Rahul Dravid or Virender Sehwag are prime contenders to take up the role.
According to sources, the new coaches and support staff will be in charge of India’s tour of South Africa in December. India are also set to host New Zealand for a two-Test series after the World Cup and if required, the Board can extend the contracts of the current coaches for a month
The Indian team has done reasonably well under Ravi Shastri, especially in Tests where they won two Test series in Australia. While they were hammered in England when they previously toured the country, the recent series saw India do exceptionally well and lead series 2-1 before the final Test was called off due to COVID-19 scare in the Indian camp.
However, despite reaching the top four of two ICC events (ICC Champions Trophy and ICC World Cup), Shastri could not lead India to an ICC trophy.