Former Indian bowler Venkatesh Prasad has denied submitting an application for the post of the Indian head coach and emphasised that he had no intention of doing so either. However, the 47-year old revealed his aspiration of returning as the bowling coach for the Indian team.
“I haven’t sent in my application, and I don’t intend doing so,” Prasad told Wisden India.
“I have no idea where these reports have stemmed from. I was both surprised and amused to read in the papers today that I am in the fray
However, the former Indian bowler expressed his wish of joining the national team as the bowling coach - a post he had held for nearly two and half years during mid-2007 to October 2009. During this period, India won their first Test in England after a span of 21 years followed by wins at the inaugural T20 World Cup, Perth Test in Australia in January 2008, and triangular series on the same tour in March of the same year.
Prasad oversaw the progress of S Sreesanth and RP Singh while helping Zaheer Khan to make a comeback to international cricket in 2007. Zaheer then led India's bowling attack for the next seven years where he helped India in Test series against New Zealand, South Africa and most importantly during the Men in Blue's victorious 2011 World Cup Campaign.
However, the former Indian paceman was sacked from the post along with fielding coach Robin Singh in 2009 following India's successive defeats in World T20 in England and in the Champions Trophy in South Africa.
On Thursday, Prasad made his bowling coach aspirations known to the media.
“Many might feel I am qualified enough to be the head coach, but I would rather focus on my area of expertise,” he explained.“Having played at the highest level and
“Having played at the highest level and
“I hope the Cricket Advisory Committee consider me worthy enough to become the bowling coach again,” Prasad, who has coached domestically in first-class cricket before moving on to a selectorial role, continued.“I believe the bowling coach must bring various skills to the table, including fitness and the ability to communicate with and learn from the bowlers too. Coaching is never a one-way process, it is a process which involves give-and-take.”
“I believe the bowling coach must bring various skills to the table, including fitness and the ability to communicate with and learn from the bowlers too. Coaching is never a one-way process, it is a process which involves give-and-take.”
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