Indian cricketing fans are excited about the possible replacement for India’s head coach role. Current coach, Ravi Shastri’s tenure comes to an end post this T20 World Cup. There is a lot of buzz surrounding who could possibly be the next one in line. India have achieved tremendous success under Shastri but an ICC Trophy has eluded the team under his regime. The bottom line for the incoming new coach will be to help India win ICC tournaments. Who could be Team India’s next head coach? to replace Ravi Shastri.
StumpsandBails looks at 5 former players who could possibly be India’s next coach:
Who could be Team India’s next head coach? to replace Ravi Shastri as the head coach of India
#5 Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara is one of the most widely respected cricketers in the world. He was an absolute champion during his playing days. Sangakkara scored 12400 Test runs at an outstanding average of 57.4. He was equally brilliant in ODIs too scoring 14234 runs. The unassuming Sangakkara threw his hat into the coaching ring this year. He was appointed as the director of cricket for Rajasthan Royals. This was an indication that he might be interested in taking over coaching duties in the long run. Sangakkara holds a lot of respect and admiration for Indian cricket. Likewise even the Indian cricketers are in awe of him. He will surely make for an interesting coach.
#4 Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum was the one who sowed the seeds of success that the current New Zealand team is now reaping the benefits of. He was the pioneer of attacking cricket. McCullum led from the front during his captaincy days and embraced an all-out aggressive approach almost always. It is his model that Eoin Morgan led England team followed with great success. McCullum has credible coaching experience. He has worked and played alongside quite a few Indian players. McCullum if selected as the head coach has the potential to change how India approaches the game.
#3 Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene is currently one of the most celebrated coaches in the world. His tactical acumen and man-management skills is excellent. Jayawardene has made Mumbai Indians a ruthless team. He enjoys the confidence of players. His ability to spot and nurture talent is unparalleled. A hard taskmaster, Jayawardene settles nothing but for the best. His want to push the team will only help Indian cricket move in the right direction. He is certainly one of the favourites for the job.
#2 Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting is the most successful captain in world cricket. He led Australia to two consecutive World Cup wins. Ponting holds a command that very few individuals possess in the game. He has transformed a lethargic Delhi team into potential world domination. Delhi Capitals made to the playoffs for consecutive years. They were one of the favourites this year too and are currently the table toppers. Ponting had previously coached MI with great distinction. MI won their 2nd IPL title during Ponting’s coaching regime. Ponting working alongside Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma is purely goosebump stuff.
#1 Rahul Dravid
This is one announcement that the entire nation is waiting for. The announcement of Rahul Dravid as head coach is every Indian fan’s ultimate dream. Dravid is currently coaching the so-called second-string squad on the tour to Sri Lanka. If sources are to be believed, this is just the start of something special. Dravid is taking time to understand the dressing room culture with this stint. His professionalism and commitment is exemplary. The Indian players vouch for his dedication and determination. It will surely be an iconic moment in Indian cricket if Dravid agrees to coach the Indian team.