Coaching Professionals to be Hired from Outside India by BCCI

It seems not a lot of coaching professionals outside of India are willing to be hired by the BCCI as the advertisement released by the Cricket board for the post of the head coach has not drawn much interest from overseas.

The India coaching job is one of the most lucrative jobs in world Cricket and thus, a number of top coaches from around the world were believed to put their names forward for that, but, so far, only a couple of applications have come from the foreigners.

The coaches are now increasingly getting hesitant in associating themselves with any of the international teams because of the devotion of time it requires. They would rather take up the opportunities coming from the franchises of the twenty 20 leagues as that sort of job would keep them away from home only for a period of 6 to 8 weeks.

People like Tom Moody and Gary Kirsten who have had immense success coaching at the international level with Sri Lanka and India are now involved only in the leagues.

While, Kirsten was the head coach of the Delhi Daredevils in the 2014 and the 2015 Season, Moody has been in the same capacity at the Hyderabad franchise for the past three years.

India and Bangladesh quest in Asia Cup

India and Bangladesh will be competing against each other for the Asia Cup title on 6th of March.


While Bangladesh has never been the Asian Champions before, India has won this prestigious title on 5 occasions and the men in Blue would be the favourites in Sunday’s game too.

Nobody would count out Bangladesh that easily though as they know their own conditions pretty well and have already hunted down a couple of big boys in the tournament in the form of Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

India, however, looks a bit too hot for them, but, with their energy and crowd support, this current Bangladeshi team is good enough to pull off anything.

India has been the team of the tournament so far, defeating everyone rather dominatingly and they still have a game to go against the United Arab Emirates before the final which would probably serve as a good practice for them.

However, when they had been made to play on a green wicket against Bangladesh in the tournament opener, they had been a little shaky and had it not been for that Rohit-Pandya blitz, it could have been quite a close game.

Ravindra Jadeja has made his way back into the Indian test team

Ravindra Jadeja has made his way back into the Indian test team.

He has been rewarded for his good form in domestic Cricket as he has been named in the squad for the upcoming Mandela-Gandhi test series.

With Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri quite insistent on the fact that they would play with 5 bowlers, the inclusion of somebody like Jadeja was always on the cards for he is exactly the kind of player you want to have in the XI in Indian conditions.

Not only does he provide you a lot with the ball, he is not bad with the bat either.

Yes, so far in his test career, he has failed to make any big contribution as a batsman, but, most of his test matches he has played overseas and on those pitches, his game has limitations.

However, on the slow pitches in India, he is a handy bat and a fine, fine bowler especially on the 4th and 5th day when the wear and tear on the pitch starts helping the ball spin.

Jadeja had last played a test match for India on the England tour last year. Thereafter, he was retained for the Australia tour as well and he had even travelled with the team to Down Under, but, he had to head back home before the start of the second test to receive treatment on shoulder injury.

Later, the selectors opted not to pick him for the One off test played in Bangladesh and went with Harbhajan Singh instead.

MS Dhoni and the Indian team management have not yet decided to have a look at the young Gurkeerat Mann

It’s quite surprising that MS Dhoni and the Indian team management have not yet decided to have a look at the young Gurkeerat Mann even after the repeated failures of the lower middle order in the series against South Africa.

Mann is a batting all rounder who is a decent finisher and can bowl a bit of off spin.

Often in this series, India has had to suffer because of the lack of depth in batting.

Mann is probably someone whom the team requires at no. 7 at this point in time as he is a multi dimensional player and has got different gears in his batting.

Although, bowling wise, he is a work in progress and he still can’t be considered a 10-over bowler, but, he is making regular improvements.

Playing for the “A” team recently, he bowled some decent spells.

Currently, it’s Axar Patel who is occupying the no. 7 slot for India, but, that looks one position too high for him.

Yes, he is no mug with the bat and can play some big shots, but, you still can’t call him an all rounder.

He was tipped to be the ideal replacement for Ravindra Jadeja and while, in bowling, he has shown he is as good as his state mate, he doesn’t seem to possess the same sort of quality in batting as Jadeja.

Amit Mishra has managed to get his test career back on track

Amit Mishra has managed to get his test career back on track with a good showing in the test series against Sri Lanka.

He got a total of 15 wickets in the three test matches and played a huge role in India winning the series.

Not only did he make contributions with the ball, Mishra played a couple of key knocks as well for India in the decider which had taken place at Sinhalese Sports Club.

Had it not been for Mishra’s first innings partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara in that game, India would probably not have been able to post a competitive total and who knows what would have happened in that case?

Sri Lanka lost that game only by 100 odd runs. So, if that hundred run partnership had not been there and India had been bowled out below 200 in the first innings, it probably would have been a different ball game.

Mishra actually showed such good form with the bat throughout the series that in the second innings at SSC, he was sent ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin, who is considered an all rounder, to bat at no. 8.

However, more than the batting, it was Mishra’s bowling which was under the microscope.