After R Sridhar was appointed India fielding coach despite South African fielding great Jonty Rhodes applying for the post, India’s chairman of selectors MSK Prasad on Thursday said the Selection Committee didn’t see Jonty fitting in for the job.
“R. Sridhar is one of the best fielding coaches in the world. Unfortunately, in the World Cup, we had three wicket-keepers in the side and the combination was like that. Otherwise, he transformed the fielding unit so there is no second thought on that,” Prasad said at the press conference after the committee short-listed candidates for various coaching positions.
“We don’t see Jonty fitting in there because those roles are more for India A levels and for NCA,” he said.
Notably, Rhodes’ name was not there in the top three picks for the fielding coach’s position with Abhay Sharma and T Dilip being the other two names short-listed along with Sridhar.
“In the last four-five years, the biggest improvement has been in fielding. And the endeavour is to make this side the best fielding team in the world. It’s a clear diktat to whosoever wants to play in this team to have spectacular standard of fielding, especially in white-ball cricket,” Shastri had said after his re-appointment.
India’s coaching staff, led by Shastri, was given a 45-day extension after their contract ended with the World Cup. While Shastri was re-appointed last week by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy, the support staff was picked by the national selectors.
(With inputs from IANS)