The tenures of current Team India head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Vikram Rathour and fielding coach R Sridhar will be over soon after the T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE and Oman.
Under this coaching set-up, Indian team has achieved phenomenal success, including winning a Test series on Australian soil and reaching the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final.
On Monday (October 18), fielding coach R Sridhar expressed gratitude towards the BCCI for giving him the opportunity to serve the national team over the last seven years.
“As I walk into my final assignment as the fielding coach of the Indian cricket team I would like to thank BCCI for allowing me to serve the @indiancricketteam from 2014 to 2021. I believe that I have accomplished my job with Passion, Sincerity Commitment and to the best of my abilities,” Sridhar wrote in his Instagram post.
“Yes, occasional mistakes were made but every mistake was harnessed to make the team a better place.”
Sridhar also thanked former skipper MS Dhoni, current captain Virat Kohli, stand-in captains Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma and coaching staff members for showing faith in him.
“A special thank you to @ravishastriofficial , an inspiring leader and mentor to whom I owe this. Also big big thanks to the captains @mahi7781 and @virat.kohli for having sported their faith, trust and belief in me. I would also like to acknowledge the support of stand-in captains @ajinkyarahane @rohitsharma45 , all the players, Coaches @anil.kumble @imsanjaybangar @vikramrathourofficial especially senior coach @bharathi__arun from whom i learn so much & all other support staff for making this a wonderful journey.”
In the end, Sridhar appreciated the fans and all the stakeholders of Indian cricket.
“I was fortunate to coach & interact with amazingly talented cricketers and help them unleash their full potential. I fostered lasting relationships and made memories that I will treasure for a lifetime and beyond.”
“Lastly but most importantly i express profound thanks & love to my family, my friends, Media and all the countless other fans and stakeholders of Indian cricket for always being there in support and encouragement.”
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Meanwhile, the BCCI on Sunday (October 17) invited applications for several positions in India’s senior men’s cricket team.
The applications for the role of a head coach should be submitted by 5 PM on October 26, 2021, while for the rest of the positions the deadline is November 3, 2021.
The official press release by the cricket board also mentioned the invitation of applications for the position of Head Sports Science and Medicine with the National Cricket Academy (NCA), which should be submitted by 5 PM on November 03, 2021.