Team India head coach Ravi Shastri is unlikely to renew his contract with the Indian team that expires following the conclusion of the T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman in October-November. As per media reports, Shastri has already conveyed the same to the team. In fact, not only Shastri, but Team’s India’s support staff could also move on after the T20 World Cup. Presently, Vikram Rathour is the batting coach, Bharat Arun is the bowling coach while R Sridhar is the fielding coach of the Indian team. We look at likely replacements for the three.
1. Pravin Amre
Former India batter could be a decent choice as Team India’s new batting coach. Pravin Amre has mentored India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, the talented Shreyas Iyer as well as Robin Uthappa. Amre earlier served as the assistant coach of Pune Warriors India franchise in the IPL and was the talent scout for Delhi Capitals. Earlier this year, he was again appointed as assistant coach of DC. As a player, he scored a famous hundred on his Test debut, in Durban against South Africa.
2. VVS Laxman
A batsman with a silken touch during his playing days, VVS Laxman understands the nuances of the game very well. Listen to his expert comments on cricket matches, and you will know what we are talking about. Laxman was also appointed as the batting consultant in Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB)’s vision 2020 project. He has also been mentoring the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise in the IPL.
1. Shane Bond
Had his career not been ravaged by injuries, New Zealand’s Shane Bond could have been a fast bowling legend. Even so, Bond finished with decent numbers in his cricketing career. He claimed 87 wickets in 18 Tests and 147 in 82 ODIs. Post-retirement, he turned to coaching. Bond was appointed as bowling coach of New Zealand in 2012. Under him, Trent Boult and Tim Southee flourished. He is now the bowling coach of Mumbai Indians in the IPL and is doing a highly impressive job. Bond also had a stint as coach with the BBL franchise Sydney Thunder.
2. Paras Mhambrey
The former pace bowler played only two Tests and three ODIs for India. However, he was a stalwart for Mumbai in domestic cricket. Post-retirement, Mhambrey secured a Level-3 coaching diploma from the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. He coached the Bengal team and led them to the finals of the Ranji Trophy. He was also the assistant coach of the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. He has also coached the India A team and U19 Indian squads. Recently, Mhambrey even went to Sri Lanka in the capacity of India’s bowling coach.
1. Jonty Rhodes
Believe it or not. The BCCI rejected Jonty Rhodes’ application for India’s fielding coach last time round. Arguably the finest fielder to have ever played the game, Rhodes has also taken to coach in his post-retirement days. He had a decently long stint with the Mumbai Indians – nine years – before he took a break. He returned to the IPL fold by signing up Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) fielding coach last year and is still part of the franchise.
2. Robin Singh
The former India all-rounder served as the fielding coach for the national team a decade back. A great fielder during his playing days, Robin Singh was the precursor to the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif and Suresh Raina among many other brilliant Indian fielders. Singh has been associated as a coach with MI since 2010 and is considered an integral part of the MI family. He has also been part of the CPL franchise Barbados Tridents (now Barbados Royals). Robin Singh was appointed Director of UAE Cricket in February 2020.