Ravi Shastri sentiment gains ground in BCCI

Posted June 30, 2017

Top names such as former batsman Virender Sehwag and Australia's Tom Moody are already in the running for one of the toughest jobs in cricket.

Former Indian fast bowler and junior national chief selector, Venkatesh Prasad, has applied for the post of team India coach.

He had previously worked as the bowling coach of the national team, helping India win the inaugural World T20 in 2007, and coached the India U-19 team, guiding them to the 2006 World Cup final.

The deadline of the application for the India coach post is July 9.

"I have not applied for the head coach's role yet and might not do so before the deadline". "Whether it's (Virender) Sehwag or Ravi Shastri or whoever it is, I am very very keen to be associated as an assistant coach or a bowling coach which I have done before".

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He added: "I am not sure whose prerogative it is to pick the assistant or bowling coaches but if the legends at the CAC - Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman consider me worthy, I will be more than happy to work towards the betterment of Indian cricket".

Kumble had also re-applied for the post but later withdrew it when it emerged that captain Virat Kohli had reservations with the leg-spinner's working style. For one, they alleged, "Anil Kumble treated players like school kids."The coach reportedly gave the players a "dressing-down" after the team lost the ICC Champions Trophy final to Pakistan at The Oval on June 18".

Prasad, who played 33 Tests and 162 ODIs for India, is set to finish his three-year term as the junior India chief selector in September this year. "Which is something I am quite keen about and hope CAC (Cricket Advisory Committee) will take a note of it", Firstpost quoted Prasad as saying.

Coming to the working experience of Shastri, joined back in 2014 as Team Director, he had a two-year long stint with the Men in Blue.

Former all-rounder Shastri, 55, has been touted as a strong candidate who has a good relationship with Kohli.