Ravi Shastri, who was removed as coach last year despite having had, like Kumble, an outstanding one-year home run, said, “Yes, I have decided to apply for the job.”
When asked about reports that he would apply only if he is assured of getting the job, he replied, “that’s all bull crap”.
This is the first time that the fifty-five-year-old former India all-rounder has openly said that he would apply for the coach’s job.
It has been widely reported that Virat Kohli had a very good working relationship with Ravi Shastri, a former captain himself and experienced broadcaster. The Indian captain was reportedly unhappy when the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) – comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman — decided to replace Ravi Shastri with Kumble.
Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Dodda Ganesh & Richard Pybus are the others who have officially applied for the post.