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A few reports had it that former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has taken interest to coach Team India. However, he took to Twitter and denied the speculations. After Anil Kumble’s withdrawal from the post, India went to West Indies without a head coach for the limited-overs series. Earlier, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput, Dodda Ganesh, among others had applied for the same post. Had the report been true, the race would mainly have been between Moody, Sehwag, and Jayawardene. However, Jayawardene recently coached IPL 10 champions Mumbai Indians. After the success in the Indian domestic league, Jayawardene was named the head coach of Bangladesh Premier League’s (BPL) Khulna Titans for the next two seasons.

All this will depend on the trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) who will narrow down the list and select a candidate after the interviews.

Moody had earlier applied when BCCI discontinued Ravi Shastri’s services as the Team Director, but CAC unanimously voted for Kumble. In all, Moody is ahead in the race when it comes to coaching. Under his guidance, from 2005 to 2007, Sri Lanka achieved a few highs, ending up as the runners-up in World Cup 2007. In addition, he has been Sunrisers Hyderabad’s coach since 2012, taking them to glory in the 2016 edition.