Former Indian team spinner Sunil Joshi has applied for the rank of Indian Cricket Team as the bowling coach, said that the term has “not had a specialist spin coach for a while”. The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) has invited the applications for the role of head bowling coach, along with other supported staff, soon after India defeated in 2019 World Cup. india have no specialist spin consultant since Anil Kumble, who has acted as a head bowling coach before Ravi Shastri.
The former spinner of Indian cricket team told sources that “Yes, I have applied (for bowling coach). After a fruitful two-and-a-half-year stint with Bangladesh, I am ready for the next challenge. India has not had a specialist spin coach for a while and hopefully that is where my expertise will be considered.”
The 49-year-old Sunil Joshi was quoted saying, “If you see, most international teams have specialists as part of their support staff. Be it a pace bowling coach or spin coach. The Indian team too needs one. It is the need of the hour, it does not matter whether it is me or someone else.”
Ahead of coaching International and Ranji Trophy, Mr. Joshi has played alongside the greats of Indian cricket team between 1996 and 2001. Mr. Joshi tool 41 wickets in 15 Tests, which is an average of 35.85 and 69 scalps in ODIs a 36.36. He has also 615 first-class wicket to his name in 160 games at 25.12.
Questioning about the importance of a spin coach, Mr. Joshi replied: “If any team thinks that it does not need a spin coach, then the mindset is wrong. In international cricket, if you don’t mature fast enough as a spinner, you will be found out, you have to keep improving your skills and guile.”
While he was the spin consultant for Bangladesh, West Indies legend Courtney Walsh has guided the pacers. During his tenure with the sub-continental team, Mr. Joshi has worked extensively with the likes of Mossadek Hussain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, and Shakib Al Hasan, the undoubted star of the team’s World Cup Campaign.
He was also the part of the support staff when Bangladesh had defeated Australia for the first time in a Test Match, defeated West Indian, but chosen the spirited performance of the sides in World Cup as a crucial point of his regime.
However, Bangladesh couldn’t make it to semi-finals in 2019 World Cup but won the hearts of many with outstanding performances.
Mr. Joshi continued, “The high point without a doubt will be the 2019 World Cup. The way the spinners bowled, and Shakib was just amazing with both bat and ball.”