Ravi Shastri’s contribution to Indian cricket has never been in doubt. He played for the Indian cricket team between 1981 and 1991 in Tests and ODIs. He kick-started his career as a right-arm spinner before transforming into a batting all-rounder.
Shastri was part of the Indian team that won ICC World Cup in 1983. After his retirement from cricket, he started his second innings as a commentator. After that, he started taking up different roles in Indian cricket.
The 58-year-old briefly served as the cricket manager during team’s tour of Bangladesh in 2007 and then worked as a team director between 2014 and 2016. He was appointed as head coach of the Indian cricket team in 2017.
In his tenure, Team India made it to the final of the ICC Champions trophy 2017 where they lost to their arch-rivals Pakistan. After his tenure came to an end in 2019, he was reappointed as head coach for another 2 years.
Then again, India were knocked out by New Zealand in ICC ODI World Cup 2019. As his contract comes to an end till 2021 ICC World T20 slated to be played in India, let’s look at the 5 potential candidates who can take over him as Team India’s head coach.
5. Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene was one of the important pillars of Sri Lankan cricket history. After his retirement from all forms of cricket, he was appointed as Mumbai Indians coach in IPL 2017.
He surely knows to bring the best out of the players. Moreover, he enjoyed lifting his third trophy with Mumbai Indians. The Mumbai Indians coach shares a good rapport with Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah.
4. Tom Moody
Tom Moody is one of the big names in this list. He has a vast knowledge about the game. He is one of the coaches that can guarantee titles. He has led Sunrisers Hyderabad to maiden IPL title in 2016 season.
He knows very well about the culture of Indian cricket and has also coached Kings XI Punjab. The former Australian international will be a pretty good choice to replace Ravi Shastri as Team India’s head coach.
3. VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman has been one of the vital cogs of Indian cricket team in the longest form of the game. Popularly known as Very Very Special, he was referred to as the God of fourth innings.
The veteran also has plenty of experience when it comes to coaching. He has been with Sunrisers Hyderabad for a long time now. When he worked as a mentor, SRH won the IPL title in 2016 season.
2. Trevor Bayliss
Trevor Bayliss was the mastermind behind England’s historic World Cup victory. With tremendous experience, Bayliss can ultimately help the current Indian team to win the most coveted trophies.
He is one of the ideal candidates to replace Ravi Shastri as head coach. Moreover, he has over 15 years of experience in coaching and knows the culture of Indian cricket as he coached Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2020 where he helped his team reach the playoffs.
1. Rahul Dravid
If there is one man who can take the Indian cricket forward, then it is Rahul Dravid without the shadow of any doubt. The Wall of Indian cricket is admired by fans from all across the world.
The gentleman has helped a lot of young players unleash their potential. He was the man behind India’s U-19 World Cup glory in New Zealand. Kohli’s team would be happy to have the legend as head coach.