Ravi Shastri as team director: BCCI revels in ad-hocism

The extension of Ravi Shastri’s tenure as India team director till the World T20 next year was a formality, especially after the comeback 2-1 Test series win in Sri Lanka. The victory has created a feel good factor and Shastri, along with the assistant coaches Sanjay Bangar (batting), Bharat Arun (bowling) and Ramakrishnan Sridhar (fielding), is reaping the benefit. The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) feels the team doesn’t need a head coach at the moment and is happy with the stop-gap arrangement.