India were considered as one of the favourites in this year’s ICC World Cup in England. Although the Virat Kohli-led side put on good show in the group stage and finished on top of the table at the round-robin, they lost in the semifinal to New Zealand. The COA chief Vinod Rai, however, said that it would be “incorrect” to say that no one held Virat Kohli responsible for the World Cup loss.
While speaking to Indian Express, Rai said: “It’s good to have checks and balances. When a team performs badly, I don’t think it’s only the captain’s (responsibility). There are a lot of closed door discussions… To say that nobody held Virat Kohli responsible for the (World Cup) loss would be incorrect.”
Rai was also asked about Ravi Shastri being reappointed as India’s coach on the insistence of the captain. He was also asked whether COA has given all the rights to take the decision to Kohli and Anil Kumble‘s contract as well. Rai said that Kumble’s contract didn’t have any clause of extension and he was given a term of one year.
“We took charge on January 30, 2017. In April, when we happened to be in Hyderabad for the first match of the IPL season, Kumble’s contract was produced before me. Kumble’s contract, or rather selection as a coach, was for a two-year period. The person selected then did not find favour… So Kumble was selected, but he was given only a one-year tenure. Kumble’s contract did not have a clause for extension,” he added.
He later added that he was in favour of an extension and then the usual process was followed which included the call for applications, taking interviews and select the right person. He further shared that at times he also did not know what happened between the captain and the coach.
“Now, again, I don’t know how many coaches would have been superior to Shastri, but at least he has managed to keep the team fighting fit, battle-ready and cohesive in every respect. So I think he performed very well as a coach,” Rai opined on Ravi Shastri as Indian team’s head coach.