Post World Cup and IPL hangover, change in management and support staff, much is there to expect from the new look Indian side. A team full of youth and balance of experience, this team has set the tone very well in the recent times. Now with a new staff at the helm, this team can flourish even more. They’ve always been up and running everytime with a new staff. Now, with familiar faces, even more will be expected from this new look Indian management.
After it’s failure to retain the World Cup, the board parted ways with coach Duncan Fletcher prior to the commencement of the recently concluded IPL season 8. He was appointed four years ago after the team’s World Cup triumph and left with its failure to retain. However, they decided to stick to Ravi Shastri as the team director, and looks set to take the reins from Fletcher on a temporary basis for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh as well as continue with the director tag. Until and unless a new coach is announced, we can see Ravi doing all the job that is needed for the betterment of the team. A very shrewd move. He will have the continuity of Bharat Arun and Sanjay Bangar as assistants too.
Along with that, they have also roped in greats VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly in advisory roles. This was a smart move by the Board in order to set the high tone from the World Cup running. There is one name missing among the greats mentioned above, it’s the wall Rahul Dravid. He hasn’t been given a role yet by the Board and could be used for future series. Till then, it would be interesting to find out what will the three from the four will start with as part of the advisory panel.
However, one question that is still under scrutiny is the question of captaincy. With MS Dhoni’s retirement from Tests and continuity in ODI and T20, how will the new breed look like to take over the reins from the incumbent captain. With Virat Kohli taking over the tests reins and remains the frontrunner for the limited overs leadership, another candidate has emerged in the form of Rohit Sharma. Rohit named himself as the third captain to lift the IPL trophy twice after MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir after leading his side to a memorable resurgence to the IPL title triumph. And with Kohli’s behaviour remaining a primary concern for the team till now, there can be chances of Rohit overtaking him to take the captaincy.
Though the team hasn’t named a vice captain yet for tests, Rohit can emerge as a cool option to assist an aggressive brain of Virat. But in succession for the limited overs, the race still heats on.
Only time will tell us how it will all fare out. With a new coach set to be named and so many changes behind the scenes, this Indian team will be giving optimistic feelings to its fans in the coming days. But a question still unsure, is this a new beginning of the Indian Cricket?