Team India new coach: Robin Singh joins the list of applicants for the nomination of Indian Cricket team’s head coach as per reports
Following the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision to follow a proper recruitment process, rather than direct appointment of support staff, there seem to be several interested candidates especially for the post of India’s head coach.
The BCCI had invited fresh applications for all the posts (including the team’s manager), with the present head coach, Ravi Shastri to also go through the recruitment process, despite being handed a 45-day extension for the West Indies tour.
There have been reports of quite a few applications including the ones from former Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardena, Tom Moody- who was also recently released by his IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) as their coach, and New Zealand’s former coach Mike Hesson.
Now, as per the recent reports former India ‘A’ coach Robin Singh, is also set to apply for the role of the Indian cricket team’s head coach.
Robin Singh coached India ‘A’ and IPL franchise Mumbai Indians
The 55-year-old has had quite some success and experience in the past in relation to his various stints as a coach.
The former left-handed batsman, who has coached India u-19 and India ‘A’ team, has also served as the assistant coach of four-time Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians. He also served as the coach of Barbados Trident and led the side to the title.
Speaking on his coaching mantra, he said: “You got to transport yourself mentally into the game, put yourself in situations that the team and the players face, be a part of the moves, get into the players’ mind. You can do this, only if you understand the game technically.”
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“Dhoni and Kohli could have batted together in the World Cup semi-final”- Robin
When asked about about India’s tactics in the World Cup 2019 semifinal versus New Zealand, he said opined that he would have played someone like a Mayank Agarwal at No.3 and pushed Kohli back at No.4, with Rohit Sharma getting out early.
He further added that this would have meant that Kohli and Dhoni could have batted together, while the power hitters like Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, and Ravindra Jadeja would have done what they are known for in the death.
“With the ball moving around and India losing Rohit Sharma early, I would have held back Virat Kohli to the No. 4 slot. For that game, I would have picked another top-order batsman, Mayank Agarwal, at No. 3. M.S. Dhoni would have been No. 5 and he would have got more time.”
“Kohli and Dhoni could have batted together. Then, we could have had the three power hitters, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja coming in,” he added.