Ravi Shastri was appointed India’s head coach until 2019 World Cup in England on Tuesday. Shastri pipped other top contenders Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody to the post left vacant after Anil Kumble’s resignation in June.The Cricket Advisory Committee of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman also sprung a huge surprise and appointed former India captain Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as batting and bowling consultants respectively, for India’s overseas tours. Kumble’s rumoured rift with India captain Virat Kohli was seen as the biggest reason for him stepping down as head coach of the national team. Kohli however, had denied of any tensions in the Indian camp before India began its campaign in the ICC Champions Trophy.During his one-year term Kumble turned out to be one of the most successful coaches with India excelling in all formats of the game, especially in Test cricket.But the recent turn of events last month had left a gaping hole in Indian cricket with Kumble’s departure.It was reported that the three-member CAC, comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, who are tasked to find the new coach for the Indian cricket team, was willing to retain the legendary leg-spinner for the post.But reports were surfacing about Kohli’s alleged spat with Kumble regarding differences of opinion on selection matters. The BCCI by then had already invited applications for the position.Here is a timeline of the events from the very beginning when Kumble was appointed as head coach post last year:advertisementJune 23, 2016 – BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman appoints Anil Kumble as head coach on a one-year term, ahead of former Team India Director Ravi Shastri.March 25, 2017 – Kohli and Kumble reportedly have disagreements over who should replace the India captain in the playing XI for the deciding Test match against Australia in Dharamsala. Kumble went with chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, a decision which Kohli did not agree with.May 23, 2017 – India coach Anil Kumble, in his presentation to the BCCI, asks for batting coach Sanjay Bangar to also be appointed assistant coach and creates a slot for a bowling coach to feature in a structured support staff for Team India.May 25, 2017 – BCCI begins hunt to select the new head coach of the senior men’s team taking everyone by surprise although Kumble was assured of a direct entry for the process. The Indian board later clarified that it was a mere formality to ensure a fairness in the process.May 29, 2017 – Reports of a rift between head coach Anil Kumble and India captain Virat Kohli comes to light. Sources told India Today that the players are unhappy with the fact that there was no freedom in the dressing room and insisted that the coach does enjoy cordial relations with the players.June 1, 2017 – Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh among six candidates who applied for the role of the Indian cricket team’s head coach. Incumbent Anil Kumbe also reapplies.June 2, 2017 – Ramachandra Guha resigns from the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA), says superstar culture was still prevalent under the CoA.June 3, 2017 – India captain Virat Kohli denies rift with head coach Anil Kumble. “There are no problems within the team and people are just making things up. There are agreements and disagreements which is basic human nature,” Kohli said before India’s Champions Trophy opener against Pakistan.June 17, 2017 – BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee meets with Virat Kohli and decides that the issue should be further dealt with after the Champions Trophy.June 20, 2017 – Team India leaves for West Indies tour, Anil Kumble stays back. A BCCI source later confirms that Kumble has stayed back in London to attend the ICC meeting scheduled to be held in London and will later join the team in West Indies.June 20, 2017 – Later in the evening, Anil Kumble steps down from his post as Team India head coach. It is reported that he turned down the offer given to him by BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee on Tuesday, which was Kumble’s last day as India head coach.June 24, 2017 – The BCCI extends the deadline to apply for the post of head coach till July 9, ensuring that a broader pool is available to choose from after Kumble’s acrimonious exit.June 28, 2017 – Former South African batsman Gary Kirsten told India Today he is not in a “position currently, to consider a full time post across all formats” after his name was linked as one of the possible choices for India’s next coach.advertisementJune 29, 2017 – The BCCI announces that Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will interview the candidates for India’s next head coach on June 10. Venkatesh Prasad applies.June 30, 2017 – Rahul Dravid steps down as Delhi Daredevils coach but gets an extension as India A and under-19 coach for the next two years.July 3, 2017 – Ravi Shastri formally applies for the position of Indian cricket team’s head coach, making him a front-runner for the high-profile job.July 4, 2017 – Former West Indies coach Phil Simmons formally submits his application to the BCCI.July 9, 2017 – Ten candidates shortlisted for India coach’s job. Six of them — Sehwag, Pybus, Rajput, Shastri, Simmons and Moody — called for interview by the Cricket Advisory Committee in Mumbai at 1pm IST on Monday, July 10.July 10, 2017 – Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman start the interview process in Mumbai at 1 pm IST on Monday.July 10, 2017 – CAC member Sourav Ganguly announces there would be no immediate announcement of the next India coach and the committee was in fact waiting to speak with skipper Virat Kohli.HIGH DRAMAJuly 11, 2017 – In a dramatic twist the Committee of Administrators asks the Board of Control for Cricket in India management to close out the selection process for Team India’s head coach on July 11.July 11, 2017 – CAC speaks to Virat Kohli and India Today first to break that Ravi Shastri appointed the coach till 2019 World Cup in England.July 11, 2017 – In another twist, BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary says that the Board was yet to give a nod to the appointment of the new coach. Wait for new India coach continues.July 11, 2017 – BCCI confirms appointment of Ravi Shastri as head coach. Zaheer Khan named bowling coach while Rahul Dravid was appointed as batting consultant for overseas Test tours.
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