During Shastri's tenure, India won limited overs series series away against England in 2014, reached the semi-finals of the World Cup and World T20 (2015 and 2016 respectively), won away Test series against Sri Lanka, home series against South Africa and T20 away series against Australia. Simmons was the only one who didn't appear for the interview in person on Monday, with Ganguly saying he was unable to make it.
Sourav Ganguly said,"We are in no hurry to select a coach for the Indian team". We want to speak to Kohli when he returns from America.
As this scenario was ongoing since a very long period but as per the recent updates previous group chief Ravi Shastri will be the leader when the three-part Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) meets there to examine the possibility for the prominent occupation of Indian men's cricket group mentor. CAC member and former India captain Sourav Ganguly announced in Mumbai on Monday that the announcement had been kept on hold as the people who would take Indian cricket forward needed to be consulted.
Asked about the inputs taken from Kohli in the meetings during the Champions Trophy, Ganguly said, "That was on a different aspect". We all have to be on the same page.
Ganguly, one of the most successful captains India have had, said however that Kohli had stayed completely away from the process. He has not said any names.
"That is why we feel Virat, who we respect so much, is an important cog of the system". We're just a small bit. It is the coach, the players and the captain.
Despite this, it is also learned that the CAC will talk with six of the ten applicants. Apart from what a prospective India coach's vision is for the future - and Ganguly said all the presentations were outstanding - his style of functioning seems to be equally, if not more, important now. Why?
Ganguly added that Virat "needs to understand how the coach will operate".
The position for the coach had fallen vacant after Anil Kumble resigned from the post before the West Indies tour due to what seemed like differences in the dressing room. In a way, the CAC's caution is understandable after it burned its hands during the Kumble episode. Six months down the line we shouldn't be doing something differently.