Hesson congratulates Shastri for retaining India head coach role
Mike Hesson (AFP Photo)

Mike Hesson has congratulated Ravi Shastri after his reappointment as the head coach of the Indian cricket team on Friday after a day of interviews.

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Hesson, the former New Zealand coach, was one of the six candidates shortlisted for the top job. He appeared for an interview in front of a Cricket Advisory Committee headed by Kapil Dev in Mumbai.

However, after his interview, he admitted of being unsure about landing the role. By evening it was clear why he had expressed apprehensions as Shastri pipped everyone to retain his position for another two years.

After the confirmation, Hesson, who resigned from his coaching role at IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab to become eligible for the interview, congratulated Shastri, wishing him all the best.

“Congratulations @RaviShastriOfc on your reappointed as @BCCI Head Coach. Wish you and the team the best for the coming seasons……👍” Hesson tweeted.

Shastri replied, thanking him for the message. “Thanks a ton, Mike. Much appreciated. Keep the coaching flag flying,” he wrote in reply to the tweet.

This will be Shastri’s fourth stint with the national team, having served briefly as the Cricket Manager (2007 tour of Bangladesh), Team Director (2014-2016) and head coach (2017-2019).

Shastri emerged as the frontrunner on Friday among the other five candidates – former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, Tom Moody, former India team-mates Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput – and finally won the battle for the coveted post.

Former West Indies and Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons pulled out of the race, citing personal reasons.

Among the other candidates, Shastri’s record was unmatched as the team reached the No.1 ranking in Tests under his watch and also won a series in Australia for the first time in 71 years. India have won 11 out of 21 Tests, 43 out of 60 ODIs and 25 T20 Internationals out of 36 on his watch.