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Team India: How to choose the Big Boss

19 Julio 2017, 06:34 | Verda Sainz

Ravi Shastri speaks as Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli looks on during a news conference

Ravi Shastri speaks as Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli looks on during a news conference

Apart from the purely cricket-related coaching staff, others who look after the fitness of the team have also been asked to submit a similar declaration.

Not only that Shastri has also managed to retain his old support staff, Bharat Arun and Sanjay Bangar, in the team. Shastri replaced Anil Kumble as Indian team's coach and his tenure is till 2019 World Cup.

Arun's appointment comes days after BCCI announced Zaheer Khan's name as the bowling consultant of the Indian team. Though CAC member Sourav Ganguly had stated that Zaheer will work 150 days a year, the BCCI later clarified that it would be 100. I don't think the break is a problem.

On the upcoming Sri Lanka tour, Kohli said, "I don't think there is added pressure". The series begins from July 26 and will end on 6 September.

Speaking to media with Shastri at his side, Kohli spoke of the captain-coach relationship and the way ahead for the world No 1 Test side. All stakeholders-captain, senior players, committee of legends, board members, Supreme Court observers and, of course, all candidates-should be locked in a large house with cameras rolling day and night, recording all the relevant (i.e. juicy) bits that go into picking the big boss. It was said that the main men in contention were Shastri, Sehwag and Moody.

The long-drawn coaching saga has been an extensive and embarrassing phase of recent Indian cricket.

"In the first place, I am absolutely clear in my view that it was not a fiasco", he said. Starting with the Sri Lanka series, India are set for a string of away series which will see them lock horns with South Africa, England and Australia in the next one year.

"We showed more belief in our abilities and that we could win from any situation", Kohli said, referring to the victories in the second and third test.

Arun had earlier served as the national team's bowling coach during Shastri's stint as India team director during 2014-16.

A CAC member told ESPNcricinfo last week that Shastri, Kohli and the BCCI were all kept in the loop over the appointments of the consultants. As he has made abundantly clear, he wanted his core team. "The support staff has been decided in consultation with the head coach".

"Shastri too has said that he will be more than happy to have the likes of Zaheer come over and share his inputs with the boys as per requirement".

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