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Ravi Shastri gutted after being snubbed by Sourav Ganguly's CAC

India Today logo India Today 25-06-2016

Ravi Shastri lost the race to Anil Kumble for the post of Team India's head coach, with the BCCI's cricket advisory committee picking up the legendary leg-spinner for a one-year tenure.

Shastri, after taking over as Team India Director in 2014, immediately had an impact with India bouncing back from a Test series defeat to beat England in the ODI series. In the 2015 World Cup, India had a great run until they were beaten by Australia in the semi-finals. Then India went on to create history by winning a Test series in Sri Lanka and followed that up with a Test series triumph over South Africa at home. At the World Twenty20, India reached the World T20 semi-final.

Moreover, Shastri was credited for Virat Kohli's explosive form. He had had a horrid time in the Tests in England but once Shastri took charge, Kohli was almost a different batsman overnight. His sensational run started in the Test series in Australia, where he hammered four hundreds. The 27-year-old has been in spectacular form this year, smashing runs in ODIs and T20s in Australia before single-handedly winning games for India at the Asia Cup T20 and the World T20.

Kohli then amassed 973 runs including four hundreds in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League.

Shastri, a former India all-rounder is a disappointed man but wants to move on after the snub. "Yes, for the work put in, and results produced in the last 18 months. But if it (tenure) was for only one year then, not really. It's time to move on and do what you do best. I must say I had the ultimate experience with a young and happening side," Shastri told Mid-day.

However, he found commentary easier than managing the Indian cricket team. "I just arrived at the ground for commentary and did my thing. It was a stroll," he said after an IPL game.

The BCCI had received 57 applications for the post of head coach and Shastri was the favourite until Kumble joined the race. As India's most successful bowler with 619 Test and 337 ODI wickets, Kumble became an obvious choice and his first assignment will be the four-Test series against West Indies next month.

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