Should Ravi Shastri Be Worried About Being Head Coach Now That Sourav Ganguly Is His Boss?
It is official ladies and gentlemen, Sourav Ganguly has been officially named the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after Union minister of state, Anurag Thakur suggested his name at the board's “informal meeting” on Sunday for the spot.
The man who changed Indian cricket, #SouravGanguly is set to be the next @BCCI president. This is a positive news for Indian cricket.— Pradeep Bhandari(प्रदीप भंडारी) (@pradip103) October 14, 2019
Having pipped Brijesh Patel in the battle of diplomacies, Ganguly's ascension to the position of BCCI President is nothing short of a pleasant surprise, especially to the common fans of Indian cricket.
The first thing that came out of the newly elected official's mouth was his desire to improve the image of the Indian cricket council. In an interview with The Times of India, the former Indian skipper said, “I am taking over at a time when BCCI has not been in greatest of position for the last three years. Its image has got hampered quite a lot. It's a great opportunity for me to do something good.”
#SouravGanguly— Times of India (@timesofindia) October 14, 2019
Taking over at a time when #BCCI's image has taken a hit: @SGanguly99https://t.co/9c1m7ZrCDT via @TOISportspic.twitter.com/WMeMhfuu3N
Essentially Ganguly wants to bring back the glory days to the Indian board, like when BCCI was considered to be an organisation that knew what it took to make the team reach its full potential, the kind of players required for something as massive as the World Cup and the way to manage conflict without creating a lot of unnecessary commotion.
As the head coach of the national team, Ravi Shastri will play a major role in this new shift in power to someone as daring as the 'Prince of Calcutta', who has shown time and again that he is willing to take bold decisions without fearing a lot.
Back in 2016, when Anil Kumble was appointed as the head coach of the Men in Blue to replace Shastri, the 1983 World Cup winner had blamed Ganguly and Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) for the snub.
Oh, c'mon now Ravi Shastri. Stop blaming others for your failure. The selection #panel chose @anilkumble1074 over you - @SGanguly99 or not.— NanOratoR_#DestroyTheAadhaar (@NanOratoR) June 28, 2016
Recently, Shastri was reappointed for the position of the head coach and Ganguly had openly spoken about how he got this job as “they (BCCI) didn't have too many choices as not many had applied (for the coach's job).
“Ravi has been doing this for five years, and has now been given this responsibility for two more years. I don't think anyone else in history has got such a long time with the team. He is the right choice, but now he has to repay the faith placed in him. He has two T20 World Cups coming up (in 2020 and 2021), and in such big tournaments, India needs to find ways to win,” Ganguly had said.
Ravi Shastri Is Right Choice But He Now Has To Justify It, Says Former India Skipper Sourav Ganguly https://t.co/AAh2TtMBIZpic.twitter.com/DXKKVvVyZI— Highlightstore (@Highlightstore1) August 23, 2019
There is no denying the fact that the two former cricketers, who have played for the nation, do not like each other. With the sudden change in the leading candidate for the position of the board president from Patel to Ganguly, not even the head coach would have had the time to process the new order.
So, now that Ganguly has officially become the boss of Indian cricket, will it in any fashion have an impact on Ravi Shastri's role as the head coach of the team?