Meet the new coaching staff of Team India under the leadership of Rahul Dravid
Team India ushered in a new era with the return of Rahul Dravid to the locker room as head coach. One of the greatest hitters of all time, the former captain started his new journey with a neat 3-0 sweep over one of the strongest teams in the world – New Zealand.
It wasn’t just Dravid who guided a group of talented cricketers to a dynamic series victory, especially after heartbreak at a T20 World Cup. It was a combined effort of the newly appointed coaching staff who worked behind the scenes to deliver positive results.
After capturing the limited series, the team is preparing to take on the Kiwis in the longest format, but before that, let’s learn about Dravid’s companions who would work closely with Indian players over the next couple of years. .
Bowling Coach – Paras Mhambrey
A former medium from Mumbai who had represented India in 2 tests and 3 ODI. Mhambrey is a renowned figure on the domestic circuit with over 280 first-class wickets and over 100 A-list scalps. His journey as a player is not as long as Dravid’s but when it comes to coach, the duo are the best of pairs, as do Ravi Shastri and Bharat Arun.
People had credited Dravid for improving youth at National Cricket Academy, but they hardly know it was Mhambrey who worked tirelessly to nurture the bowlers among the lot.
Dravid and Mhambrey have worked closely together for a long time now. Whether it’s India or the U-19s, the duo have been together and the players have progressed very well under them. Earlier this year in July, they traveled to Sri Lanka with an Indian second-channel team which won the ODI series.
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Field Coach – T Dilip
Dravid patted Dilip on the back when Ishan Kishan affected a few vanishing points in the T20I final against New Zealand at Eden Gardens. Video of the incident has gone viral on the internet like wildfire, but few people know who the man really is.
Meet India’s New Defensive Coach – T Dilip. Akin the outgoing coach R Sridhar, he is also from Hyderabad. The BCCI chose him rather than Abhay Sharma who was part of the India A and India Under-19 formations.
Dilip had also visited Sri Lanka for the bilateral series. He may not have played first-class cricket, but the 39-year-old is a BCCI Level III certified coach. His stint with the Hyderabad Ranji, India A and Junior teams for over 14 years strengthens his resume and has an excellent reputation in the NCA.
Batting Coach – Vikram Rathour
Rathour is the only face that is not new to the coaching staff. Former national coach, the former Punjab cricketer has been re-elected batting coach after an impressive tenure with Shastri & Co.
His international did not last long but he scored many runs in the national circuit. Playing for Punjab, Rathour was a prolific goalscorer with over 11,000 points to his name in 146 first-class games. He had played 99 A-list games, scoring over 3,000 points.
Rathour made his international debut in 1996 in an ODI against Pakistan in Sharjah. The same year, he played his first test match against England in Birmingham. He played 6 Tests and 7 ODIs, scoring 131 and 193 runs respectively.
In 2003 he announced his retirement from First Class Cricket.
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Physio – Nitin Patel
The man who rushes to a player when he needs medical attention – Nitin Patel has been associated with Team India as chief physiotherapist for quite some time now. He was part of the Indian team from 2007 to 2015, then joined the IPL Mumbai Indians franchise. He joined the team after Patrick Farhart’s farewell in 2019 after the ICC World Cup in England.
Strength and Conditioning Trainer – Sohum Desai
Sohum Desai worked as an assistant to Nick Webb, the former India strength and conditioning coach from New Zealand who worked until India’s campaign in the T20 World Cup. The duo joined the Indian side after Shankar Basu in 2019.
As Webb resigned, Desai stepped into his shoes. Desai is one of the guys who worked under Rahul Dravid at National Cricket Academy and has a good setting with the rest of the support staff in terms of player management.
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