Mahela Jayawardene turned down an offer to coach India

Mahela Jayawardene turned down an offer to coach India

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has started looking for a coach after Ravi Shastri hinted at quitting coaching after the T20 World Cup. Rahul Dravid was in the discussion from the beginning. But The Wall itself has ruled out a national team coach. According to top Indian media, Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene was also offered the job. But for personal reasons, Mahela Jayawardene turned down the offer.

Ravi Shastri has been India's head coach for four long years. The success rate under him is not low. However, he wants to step down after the next T20 World Cup. He has recently made his position clear in the media.

Ravi Shastri hinted at this in an interview published in the British media Guardian. Shastri said, "I have decided to resign. I think I have achieved everything I wanted. '

"After five years at the top of Test cricket, I think the series win against them on Australian-English soil is the ultimate success," said Shastri.

Meanwhile, discussions have started on who could be India's next coach after Shastri. The first choice on this list is Anil Kumble. Because he was in charge of the team before. Anil Kumble stepped down as India's coach after losing to Pakistan in the 2016 Champions Trophy final. At that time, news of Kumble's dispute with captain Virat Kohli was spread in the media.

According to Indian media, the BCCI may bring Kumble back if Shastri resigns after the T20 World Cup. Not only Kumble, the list also includes Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene, a former Sri Lankan cricketer.

Regarding Anil Kumble, Shastri said, "Kumble has done a great job with the team. He must be a good option. However, it remains to be seen whether he will take over the board for a second time. His consent is important. "

Shastri's India won the Test series for the first time on Australian soil in the 2018–19 season. Then in the 2020–21 season, India went to Australia again to win the series.

Earlier, Indian captain Virat Kohli announced his resignation from the leadership of the Indian team in the T20 format.