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Meet the Indian Cricket Coaching Staff: The Heroes Behind the Scenes

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The players are always at the forefront of the success and failure of the team. People often tend to forget the contribution of men behind the scenes who work tirelessly to make the players fit and rearing to go. Ravi Shastri stepped down as the Indian cricket head coach after the 2021 World Cup. It was a huge hole to fill in his absence. But the current coaching staff has continued from where Shastri and his men left off. They have been phenomenal in the white ball format winning each series. In November 2023, India lost the World Cup Final against Australia after 10 consecutive victories in the tournament. Overall, the coaching staff has been exceptional in creating a healthy culture for players and making them feel safe in the team environment. 

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Let us have a look at the men behind the curtains who help the players in every aspect of their cricketing journey.

Indian Cricket Coaching Staff

Name Role
Rahul Dravid Head Coach
Vikram Singh Rathore Batting Coach
Paras Mhambrey Bowling Coach
T Dilip Fielding Coach
Kamlesh Jain Physio
Sohum Desai Strength and Conditioning Coach
Paddy Upton Mental Conditioning Cricket Coach
S Raghu Throwdown Specialist

Rahul Dravid (Head Coach)

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Source: The Week

Rahul Dravid was appointed as the head coach of the Indian National Cricket Team after Ravi Shastri. Dravid took the reins in 2021 after India failed to qualify for the World Cup semifinals. He will look to take the legacy set by Ravi Shastri forward. 

The Wall already has the experience of coaching a national side. Dravid led the U-19 to a world cup victory in 2018. He has a knack for getting along with the youngsters and making them feel comfortable in the team environment and is known to guide youngsters and keep them in a healthy state of mind. No one better than him can help youngsters with their technical flaws. Under his coaching, India reached the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. Post tournament, the BCCI extended the contract of Rahul Dravid as the head coach of Indian Cricket Team.

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Vikram Singh Rathore (Batting Coach)

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source: Jagranjosh

Vikram Singh Rathore replaced Sanjay Bangar as the batting coach after the 2019 ODI World Cup. Despite his lack of international experience, Rathore has scored more than 11000 runs with 33 hundred as a first-class batsman. Vikram has played six test matches, scoring 131 runs in ten innings at an average of 34.20. He also has played 7 One-Day Internationals and scored 193 runs at an average of 27. His tenure was renewed in 2021. Rathore is known to help youngsters overcome their technical problems. He is seen closely working with Shubhman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, and Shreyas Iyer. Vikram played a pivotal role in the rise of Rishabh Pant as a test batsman. 

Paras Mhambrey (Bowling Coach)

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source: Times of India

Mhambrey was closely involved with Rahul Dravid with the U-19 and India A side for a long time. He has developed a pool of young Indian fast bowlers who bowl with high pace and great accuracy. Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Avesh Khan, and Prasidh Krishna were helped by Mhambrey in the initial years of their careers. He was appointed as the bowling coach in November 2021. With the departure of Bharat Arun, Paras has big shoes to fill. But he has all the credentials to take the bowling department to new heights.

T Dilip (Fielding Coach)

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In his playing days, Dilip was an all-rounder. He was a member of the Cheerful Club, New Blues, and Deccan Chargers. He, however, has a lifelong interest in coaching. T Dilip has finished a Level 3 coaching course and has previously worked with the Hyderabad team and India A side. He was closely involved with the team since 2018. Dilip succeeded his fellow companion R Sridhar in 2021. Dilip was praised for his contribution to improving Ishan Kishan‘s wicketkeeping skills in the Sri Lanka series last year. 

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Kamlesh Jain (Physio)

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Kamlesh Jain is an important member of the team responsible for ensuring the fitness of players. He has a decade of experience with Kolkata Knight Riders, with the last three years as a lead physio. He impressed the BCCI secretary Jay Shah and NCA head coach VVS Laxman which led to his appointment as the physio of Indian Cricket Team, replacing Nitin Patel. Jain played a crucial role in helping injured players recover in time for the World Cup.

Sohum Desai (Strength & Conditioning Cricket Coach)

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Source: News18

Desai has been a part of the Indian side for a long time. He assisted Nick Webb till the 2019 World Cup. After Webb stepped down, he took responsibility as the Strength and Conditioning Coach. Desai has previously worked at the NCA and has a great bond with players. He has great knowledge in his field and helps players through their injuries. He closely monitors players after each game and ensures they are fit and healthy for the next games and looks after the diet of players. 

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Paddy Upton (Mental Conditioning Cricket Coach):

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Source: Times of India

Paddy Upton has returned to the Indian men’s cricket team’s dressing room as a mental conditioning expert as the squad prepares to win the T20 World Cup title later this year. Upton, a certified strength and conditioning coach, and sports psychologist, and also worked as the performance director of South Africa’s men’s squad for three years after leaving the Indian team on a high note, with India winning the World Cup in 2011. 

S Raghu (Throwdown Specialist)

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Raghavendra is an important part of the Indian cricket team’s support crew, and his expertise is throwing the ball very fast. Mahendra Singh Dhoni refers to him as the squad’s lone “foreign pacer” because of his remarkable ability to continuously fire missiles at batters at 140-150 kph, while Virat Kohli openly admires the role, he has played in fine-tuning his skill at the batting crease. By striking the surface and causing the ball to kick off a length, Raghu may be as energetic as Morne Morkel or Mitchell Starc. It’s the type of delivery that Indian batters struggle with when they play on Australia’s and South Africa’s fast and bouncy surfaces. He has played a pivotal role in India’s rise as the best batting unit overseas.

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