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  1. Interesting to see Sanju Samson getting a couple of games. Looks like they want to try out more wicketkeeper batsmen apart from Ishan Kishan.
  2. Gill has played 11 FC games to Iyer's 54. Much smaller sample size.
  3. After interviewing five candidates on Friday and rating them on five different parameters - coaching philosophy, experience, achievements, communication, and knowledge of modern coaching tools - the BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) chose to continue with Ravi Shastri as India head coach. Mike Hesson and Tom Moody finished second and third based on these ratings, CAC head Kapil Dev said. Here is a break-down of the process that led to Shastri's reinstatement. Who devised the rating system? The BCCI originally devised the rating methodology while picking the head coach of the India women's team late last year. The five parameters were arrived at after seeking suggestions from the current CAC, which slightly tweaked the original set of suggestions. WV Raman was appointed as the Indian women coach using the same parameters that were later applied for the men's coach selection process. In what order did the candidates appear? The interview process began in the morning with Robin Singh, the former India allrounder, followed by former Mumbai captain Lalchand Rajput, who briefly served as India's cricket manager, and won the inaugural World T20 and their first-ever tri-series triumph in Australia a decade ago. Former Australia allrounder Moody was the third on the list and attended the interview via video-conference. Former New Zealand coach Hesson attended his interview in person, in the afternoon, while Shastri was the last to speak to the CAC, via video conference from the Caribbean, where he is on tour with the India team. Where exactly did Shastri pip the others? International experience, track record, and his plan for the way forward were the key areas that Shastri topped the scores in. ESPNcricinfo understands that Shastri began the interview speaking for around 20 minutes, explaining what the India team was like back when he took charge in 2017, when he replaced Anil Kumble, and went on to list India's achievements under his watch, before going to what plans he had for the team going forward. Shastri, according to a CAC member, was precise, specific and clear. Shastri's new stint will involve two T20 World Cups, to be played in successive years - next year in Australia and then in India in 2021. In his first stint (as team director), India reached the semi-finals in 2016. Shastri has no T20 franchise coaching experience, unlike Hesson, Moody and Robin, who all have been involved in coaching roles in domestic T20 tournaments for several years. However, with the inaugural World Test Championship having just commenced, and the ODI League to begin in May 2020, the CAC was keen on a coach who could handle the team across all three formats. Shastri is understood to have outscored his competitors in this regard. The CAC was impressed by the presentations of Hesson, Moody and even Robin, but felt none of the three had coached an international team recently, and were more involved in T20 leagues across the world. So was Shastri's appointment straightforward? The CAC member disagreed. The person said tough questions were asked of Shastri, including why India could not win a few tough series or any world tournaments under his watch. Shastri is understood to have provided the break-up of the results, and in which areas the team came second, and what solutions he had in mind. One of the members is believed to have asked what sort of a say Shastri had had in the India dressing room, given the widespread perception that Virat Kohli, the captain, leads the ship. Incidentally, Shastri himself had said the captain leads the ship when he took over as head coach in 2017. Shastri told the CAC that he would invite its members to the dressing room to observe the atmosphere. He stressed that wherever required he, as head coach, speaks out and discusses issues with everyone, and not just the captain. Will Shastri have a say in the appointment of his support staff? As per the new BCCI constitution, the selection panel will shortlist the candidates. It is understood that the head coach could be consulted before finalising the three assistant coaches - batting, bowling and fielding.
  4. When will selectors and team management do their job well?
  5. He said strong case for the No. 4 position specifically, not the middle order. I guess they'll continue to persist with Pant at 4 with Iyer at 5.
  6. Most ICFers too thought playing Pant at 4 was a good move.
  7. Set the domestic scene on fire last year yet was ignored for Rayudu and Karthik.
  8. So why is Hitman (and Dhawan) playing this series?
  9. Just goes to show how fickle Indian fans can be. A few months ago he was considered useless with the bat with literally no one defending him and after that one innings people think he's good enough to be tried at No. 5.
  10. Kohli only needs to ask and he will get Shastri in RCB
  11. Former India all-rounder Robin Singh has thrown his hat in the ring for the coach of Indian men's cricket team. Robin has coached various teams in the last 15 years and brings with him a wealth of experience in the department. Robin Singh was India's fielding coach from during 2007-09, while also helming the affairs with the India Under-19 and 'A' teams and has also had a successful stint as an assistant coach with Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians. Robin spoke to The Hindu soon after his application and said that the current Indian team needs change as under Ravi Shastri, they have lost in multiple ICC tournament knockout games. Robin feels that it is the right time to start preparing for the next World Cup and his experience could come in handy. "Under the current coach, India has lost in the semifinals of two successive ODI World Cups, and in the last four stage of the World Twenty20 championship as well. Now is the time to prepare for the 2023 World Cup and a change could be good for the side." Robin also dwelled further on what a coach's role should be during the game giving examples of what he would have done during India's semi-final defeat against New Zealand in the World Cup 2019. "You got to transport yourself mentally into the game, put yourself in situations that the team and the players face, be a part of the moves, get into the players' mind. You can do this, only if you understand the game technically. "With the ball moving around and India losing Rohit Sharma early, I would have held back Virat Kohli to the No. 4 slot. For that game, I would have picked another top-order batsman, Mayank Agarwal, at No. 3. M.S. Dhoni would have been No. 5 and he would have got more time. Kohli and Dhoni could have batted together. Then, we could have had the three power hitters, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja coming in." Tom Moody, Mahela Jayawardene and Mike Hesson are the other notable candidates who are expected to apply though nothing has been confirmed yet regarding their application.
  12. He has opened for Punjab, India 'A' and KKR. Don't think him saying he wants to open and then opening for all these teams is a conicidence. He might not get a chance to bat at No. 3 (though I wouldn't be against Kohli dropping down to 4 to accomodate him). I don't think Shubman Gill right now is the No. 4 we need. A No. 4 needs to have the big hitting game and Gill needs years of development before he can get there. His innings in the 5th ODI against West Indies 'A' is an anomaly and his List 'A' strike rate of less than 90 proves that.
  13. Does he want to though? He has said before that he prefers opening the innings. Even in for KKR, he started doing a lot better when he was moved from the middle order to the opening slot. Iyer was the highest six-hitter in both the Vijay Hazare and Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournaments last year. He is certainly capable of it, with the potential to get better. Whether he can reproduce it on the international stage is the question.
  14. They see Gill as an opener and they already have 3 of those in Dhawan, Sharma and Rahul. Iyer and Pandey are their middle order batsmen. If they wanted another opener, Gaikwad would probably be ahead in the pecking order as he scored almost 340 more runs than Gill in the Sri Lanka 'A' series and came close here too.
  15. You clearly don't understand the meaning of the term "choking".
  16. Why would anyone want to watch local American cricket teams play against Mumbai Indians' 'B' side anyway? Would've hurt the IPL brand more than helped it.
  17. ICFers are no different than fans on Twitter. Just that the players they fanboy over are different (Rishabh Pant, Umesh Yadav, some other 145+ kph spray gun etc.)
  18. Virat did great in 2014 and 2016 World T20s. Not so much in 50-over tournaments.
  19. Rahul doesn't have the calculative mindset of a middle order batsman. He's more suited in the top 3. Pant is brainless. Shankar was never going to be a long term solution. His List A record proves that. Was too soon for Gill. He needed to be tested in 'A' cricket before making it to international cricket and by that time it was too late for him to catch the World Cup bus. Also I feel he's more comfortable playing in the top 3 rather than No. 4 or below. Maybe he can fit into that role over time but he was not going to be ready for that spot by the 2019 World Cup. Not like we were going to draft him straight into the international team right after the U19 World Cup over all the batsman who've been toiling away for years in the domestic circuit.
  20. At an average of 36, which is why he was dropped for Kuldeep and Chahal who picked wickets. So someone who bats at a strike rate of 70.34 at No. 7 is suddenly going to do wonders one position higher? He fell out of favour with the ball and he certainly cannot make the team as a batsman. Because he's been useless in most of the other innings he's played. So useless that it's questionable whether he should even be called an all-rounder.
  21. That innings was more than 3 years ago. Since that match, he has scored at an average of 25.90 at a strike rate of 84.36.
  22. The only one I can think of who should've been given a longer rope at No. 4 is Shreyas Iyer. Rest like Pandey, Rayudu, Rahane weren't very good and Pant, Pandya is better suited for the lower middle order.
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