Paras Mhambrey and T Dilip set to be named India's bowling and fielding coaches

Paras Mhambrey and T Dilip set to be named India’s bowling and fielding coaches

BCCI is soon expected to confirm the appointments.

Paras Mhambrey
Paras Mhambrey. (Photo by Jan Kruger-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Team India is set to face New Zealand in the upcoming home T20I series starting from November 17. They will be led by a new captain in Rohit Sharma with Virat Kohli stepping down post the T20 World Cup. There is also an overhaul in the backroom staff. Rahul Dravid is set to take over as India’s head coach and the BCCI has zeroed in fresh set of personnel on his support staff as well.

Batting coach Vikram Rathour had applied again for the post and looks set to retain his position. However, according to Cricbuzz, the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising RP Singh and Sulakshana Naik interviewed the applied candidates for all three posts – batting, bowling and fielding coaches on Thursday.

As expected Paras Mhambrey, who has been looking over the NCA when it comes to the bowlers, will be replacing Bharat Arun as bowling coach. He worked with Rahul Dravid during the latter’s tenure as NCA head coach and the duo are now set to take over India positions. Meanwhile, R Sridhar will be replaced by T Dilip as the fielding coach.

It is understood that head coach Rahul Dravid was instrumental in appointing the support staff. Interestingly, the same trio had traveled to Sri Lanka earlier this year in the absence of Ravi Shastri and Co. with the main India squad in England to play a five-match Test series against the home team.

T Dilip’s appointment then as fielding coach had surprised many but the man has completed a Level 3 coaching course and also has prior experience with Hyderabad team and India A side.

South Africa tour could be first real test for new coaching staff

According to the reports surfacing around, the players and the coaching staff are told to report in Jaipur on November 13 for the T20I series against New Zealand. The two teams will also play a couple of Tests but India are set to rest key players for this series as well. No doubt the Kiwis will pose a tough challenge for India but their real test will be the South Africa tour that follows.

India will playing three Tests, three ODIs and four T20 Internationals against the Proteas and will have to leave for the rainbow nation soon after the New Zealand series which ends on December 7.