Sridharan Sriram parts ways with Australia coaching setup to focus on RCB role

Sridharan Sriram's major achievements come with the Ashes and T20 World Cup 2022 for Australia.

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Former Indian cricketer and Australia‘s assistant head coach Sridharan Sriram has decided to leave after being six years with the side. Sriram, 46, will now focus on his role in the IPL for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was first appointed as the spin coach for Australia in 2016 and made a great impact on the team.

Nathan Lyon, Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa have all improved a lot in recent years, and Sridharan working with them has reaped a lot of rewards for the Kangaroos. He went on to become the assistant head coach after Australia’s spirited performances in the last few years across formats.  Former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori was recently appointed as the spin coach of Australia alongside Andrew McDonald, the new head coach of the side after Justin Langer stepped down.

It has been a great experience for me working across formats: Sridharan Sriram

Sriram mentioned that it was an emotional decision as he has worked with the side for six years and noted that it has been a great experience for him. He mentioned the World Cups and Ashes that he would be proud of during his time with the Australian side.

“After being on the road for six years, it’s with a heavy heart I have decided to move on from my current role as an assistant coach of the Australian men’s team,” Sriram was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“I feel this is an opportune moment keeping in mind the team, giving them enough time to prepare for two World Cups and the World Test Championship. It has been a great experience for me working across formats, World Cups and Ashes, and I have come out incredibly richer in knowledge,” he added.

Sriram also paid his gratitude to Cricket Australia for their continuous support over the years and mentioned the names individually who have all believed him during their captaincy tenures.

“I am extremely grateful to Cricket Australia for all their support in the years that I have been involved with them. I would like to thank my head coaches Darren Lehmann, Justin Langer and Andrew McDonald and my captains, Steve Smith, Tim Paine, Aaron Finch and Pat Cummins, who all believed in me.

“Thanks also to Ben Oliver, Brian McFadyen, all the players and staff for welcoming me with open arms and making me feel a part of the group. Greg Chappell, Troy Cooley, Pat Howard and Marcus Stoinis were also instrumental in getting me involved. I wish the team and the coaches the very best for the future,” he further added.