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Vikram Rathour and Paras Mhambrey Under Scrutiny: Questions Surrounding India’s Coaching Staff
By CricShots - Jun 14, 2023 4:51 pm
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Australia’s triumph in the World Test Championship (WTC) final has left Indian captain Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid searching for answers as their team suffered another defeat in a crucial ICC knockout match. This loss adds to India’s track record of stumbling in such high-stakes encounters during the Rohit-Dravid era, including their exit in the semi-finals of the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Vikram Rathour
Vikram Rathour

With the upcoming 50-over World Cup set to be hosted by India later this year, fans are growing increasingly concerned about the team’s disappointing performances in crucial stages of ICC tournaments. The WTC final debacle has raised numerous questions, prompting internal discussions within the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to evaluate the inconsistent results. While wholesale changes are unlikely, the performances of batting coach Vikram Rathour and bowling coach Paras Mhambrey may come under scrutiny.

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“It’s not that simple. We can’t say they have not been up to the mark. We have won in India. Reaching the final of the World Test Championship is not a joke,” stated a senior BCCI official, acknowledging the team’s achievements.

Paras Mhambrey
Paras Mhambrey

“However, the overseas performance has not been satisfactory. At the same time, we have to consider the upcoming World Cup in four months’ time, and knee-jerk reactions are not viable. Nonetheless, there will be internal discussions,” the official further revealed, as reported by InsideSport.

Regarding the team management, Indian head coach Rahul Dravid will continue in his role until his contract expires after the forthcoming 50-over World Cup scheduled for October-November.

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“We have not had any discussion with Rahul. Of course, he will be the head coach until the World Cup. Whether he stays on will depend on him and the World Cup result. For now, there is no question about him,” added the official.

India’s upcoming series will be against West Indies in the Caribbean in July. The tour includes two Tests, three ODIs, and five T20Is, providing an opportunity for the team to regroup and bounce back from their recent setback.