3 Best Options For Indian Cricket Team’s Bowling Coach: Team India’s bowling across formats has come under a lot of scanner and criticism over the past couple of years. The current Indian team’s bowling coach is Paras Mhambrey, who joined the side under Rahul Dravid in late 2022.
In all of India’s big losses under Dravid’s tenure, the bowling has been disappointing. England smashed India by 10 wickets in the T20 World Cup 2022 semi-final; then Steve Smith and Travis Head racked up centuries in the WTC Final; then Head smashed India again in the World Cup 2023 final; and most recently, India failed to topple Dean Elgar in the Centurion Test.
Between all this, India also failed to defend defendable fourth innings totals twice in the 2022 South Africa Test series and the 5th Test against England as Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root unleashed Bazball on India in Birmingham. Clearly, there needs to be a lot of work done with the Indian bowlers in the coming year as India tour Australia for a 5-Test series.
3 Best Options For Indian Cricket Team’s Bowling Coach:
Arguably India’s greatest pacer of the 21st century, Zaheer Khan, could be roped in as India’s bowling coach later this year. Zaheer, who was the joint-leading wicket-taker in the World Cup 2023, had a vast career of 200 ODIs and 92 Tests along with 100 IPL matches, having achieved success in most conditions and countries he played in. As a potential bowling coach, Zaheer would bring experience in the dressing room and trust for the fans.
The great Glenn McGrath would be the ideal choice for the bowling coach for Team India that would tour Australia later this year for a 5-Test series. Arguably the greatest fast bowler of all-time, McGrath took 563 Test wickets, 381 ODI wickets; he is a winner of Australia’s hat-trick of World Cups and the last away Ashes series win for Australia.
What McGrath would teach inxperienced Indian bowlers like Prasidh, Siraj, Shardul, and Avesh is to remain patient and consistent with their lines and lengths, something that has been missing in this side’s bowlers.
The BCCI, the Indian players and the fans are desperate to win an ICC trophy, the last of which came in 2013. With one limited-overs ICC tournament scheduled for every year now for the next 6-8 years, India have a good chance, with their talented and experienced players, to win an ICC trophy soon.
This could force the BCCI to think to hire someone like Lasith Malinga as their next bowling coach. A winner of multiple IPL titles with the Mumbai Indians, Malinga is one of the greatest limited-overs bowlers of all-time. Apart from his world-famous yorker, Malinga used a lot of variations that helped him become a white-ball behemoth and a very intimidating bowler.