Ravi Shastri, the current Head Coach of the Indian men’s cricket team, is the most successful coach in the country’s Test cricket history. India have won two successive series coming back from behind against all odds and adversity in tough conditions against quality bowling attacks and the dressing room work ethics and man-management skills of Shastri are a big reason for the team’s exemplary fightback qualities.
Anil Kumble is at number 5 on the list sorted on the basis of most Test wins with India being victorious in 12 out of 17 matches with him at the helm. Not surprisingly, Greg Chappell holds the sixth place with India winning just 7 of the 18 Tests during his tenure.
India lost the opening Test Down Under in Adelaide after being routed for 36 in the second innings - their lowest Test score in a completed innings. The way they fought back at the MCG, then produced the save of a lifetime at the SCG before finally pulling off a stunning chase at the Gabba - it was one of the greatest performances by a team in Test cricket history. With half their players injured, controversies on and off the field and tight bio-security protocols. India defied all the odds and stunned a full-strength Australia in their own backyard.
India has also had a great run in ODI cricket under the leadership of Shastri. The team has won 57 of the 91 matches during his tenure and has been amongst the two best teams in the world in the format. Currently, India is ranked number two in ODI cricket only behind England.