Ravi Shastri’s tenure with Team India will come to an end after the upcoming tour of West Indies. Shastri’s two-year contract was set to end after the World Cup before the BCCI gave him a 45-day extension. Media reports suggest that the BCCI will invite fresh applications for the head coach’s post soon.
Shastri will also have to re-apply if he is looking to extend his stay with the Indian team. Under Shastri, India had a good journey across formats. The Men in Blue won ODI series in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand in addition to winning the Asia Cup. India also won a historic Test series in Australia in addition to winning Test matches in England and Australia.
So as BCCI get ready to appoint a new coach, we take a look at five candidates who are just perfect to become the India head coach:
5. Mickey Arthur:
Mickey Arthur’s contract with Pakistan came to an end after the World Cup. Since then, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding his future as head coach. Media reports suggest that Pakistan are unlikely to renew Arthur’s contract and in such case the latter could apply to become India head coach.
Arthur has a good record as coach in international cricket. He tasted plenty of success with South Africa especially in Tests. He helped them to their first series win in England in over 40 years, in 2008, and their maiden series victory in Australia in 2008-09. Under his coaching, South Africa reached the pinnacle of Test cricket.
He then took over as Australia’s coach and helped them win 10 of the 19 Tests. Arthur then helped Pakistan win their first-ever Champions Trophy in 2017.