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  • Selection process was tough, says Ravi Shastri after bagging another term as India coach

    first_imgRavi Shastri has said he focussed on a few key areas including increase in title-winning percentages and individual player improvement in his presentation for Team India head coach selection interview conducted by Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee on Friday.Ravi Shastri was among the 5 shortlisted candidates who were interviewed by the 3-member panel in Mumbai on Friday. The head coach who gave his interview from the West Indies has been reappointed and will continue to work with the senior men’s team until the T20 World Cup in November 2021.Ravi Shastri revealed that the selection process was tough and he had to do a lot of data crunching before he went up with his presentation.Ravi Shastri pipped Mike Hesson, Tom Moody, Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput for the high-profile job in the Indian cricket. In fact, Shastri was rated at the top spot after the interviews by the CAC with Mike Hesson and Tom Moody finishing 2nd and 3rd.”The selection process was tough. They had their share of questions. There was a presentation that featured all aspects. Much as it [the presentation] was individual-specific,” Ravi Shastri told The Times of India.”Data is something that got crunched a lot. For instance, over the last two years, India have won 71% of their matches across formats. There have been accomplishments, disappointments, learning curves. How to increase that margin, improve title-winning percentages, focus on individual growth – all of this weighs in as we look forward,” the head coach added.Ravi Shastri was expected to retain the job as he got the backing of captain Virat Kohli even before the selection process began. However, CAC maintained that it would not be influenced by the captain’s comments and Kapil Dev confirmed the same when he stressed that Virat Kohli was not consulted before the interviews.advertisementKapil Dev also termed the selection process a “close race” and said that Ravi Shastri got the nod because of his fine communication skills.CAC member Anshuman Gaekwad said Shastri’s familiarity with the team worked in his favour.Meanwhile, Ravi Shastri also revealed that India cricketers were happy with his reappointment and that the support staff and the players will work as a unit to counter the challenges ahead.”They were very happy. The boys walked up to me and conveyed what they felt and there was a general sense of agreement that we’ve got to buckle up once again and start looking forward. They know the challenges that lie ahead and they’re eager to counter them,” Shastri said.Also Read | World Cup semi-final defeat my biggest disappointment in last 2 years: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | India vs West Indies A: Cheteshwar Pujara hits hundred, Rohit Sharma shines on Day 1Also See:last_img read more