Team India get ready for Manmohan Singh; Twitter reacts to Ravi Shastri on applying for head coach

Jun 28, 2017, 16:30 IST | PTI

Former captain Ravi Shastri applies to become India's head coach after the national cricket board extended the application deadline, sending the twitterati into a tizzy! Here are some intersting reactions

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Former India Team Director Ravi Shastri is all set to apply for the post of India's head coach after the national cricket board extended the application deadline following Anil Kumble's shocking exit, reports said Wednesday. "Yes, I have decided to apply for the job," the cricketer-turned-television commentator was quoted as saying by the New Indian Express.

As soon as the news broke, twitterati were abuzz with speculations about why Ravi Shastri might be chosen for the post. One of the leading theories was that Shastri had managed to stay on the good side of Virat Kohli, making him a prime candidate for the job. 

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Ravi Shastri. Pic/ AFP

Top names such as former batsman Virender Sehwag and Australia's Tom Moody are already in the running for one of the toughest jobs in cricket. Shastri applied for the job last year after being team director between 2014-16.

Kumble was appointed instead and coached India to five Test series victories but resigned last week, stating his partnership with India captain Virat Kohli had become "untenable". Former all-rounder Shastri, 55, has been touted as a strong candidate who has a good relationship with Kohli.

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The new coach for the world's number one Test team will be decided by a three-man committee made up of former India stars Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. Ganguly was reportedly key in Kumble being chosen over Shastri in June last year. The two former captains have publicly rowed over the coach's post.

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However, Ganguly said of Shastri's renewed candidacy: "Everybody has the right to apply. We will find out." The Board of Control for Cricket in India has said applications will be accepted until July 9. The BCCI is aiming to announce the new coach before India head to Sri Lanka in July.

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