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Get to Know the Indian Coaching Staff for the Tour Of Ireland

With the priorities shifting to the Test match in England with India leading the series 1-2, the T20I matches in Ireland are on the back-burner. The regular coaching staff of the national team will be assisting the first team in England so a new coaching staff needed to be formed for the tour of Ireland. The BCCI has found a more than capable replacement in VVS Laxman, Sitanshu Kotak, Sairaj Bahutule and Munish Bali to step in as the coaching staff for the two T20Is.

Head coach, Rahul Dravid’s team is currently in England preparing for the fifth Test in Birmingham on July 1. Post the Test, there is also a three-match T20I and ODI series to be played on this England tour. There will also be a clash of dates between India’s T20 warm-up games in England and the Edgbaston Test, so there is a possibility of Laxman’s coaching team being with the T20 team during those tour games as well.

Laxman is currently the Director of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. He was appointed last year by the BCCI following Dravid’s elevation as head coach of the national team. He has earlier been involved in coaching capacities with Team Hyderabad in the Indian T20 League and Bengal in the Ranji Trophy as a batting consultant. Earlier this year, he was also part of the support staff with the India Under-19 World Cup-winning team in the Caribbean.

Other National Cricket Academy coaches in Sitanshu Kotak, Sairaj Bahutule and Munish Bali have also been roped in for this international project. The trio along with head coach Laxman had already joined the team for the final two T20Is against South Africa, given that there is barely any time between the two series.

Kotak was a part of the support staff for India A’s tour of South Africa in 2021. Kotak has plenty of experience of toiling hard in the Indian domestic cricket circuit, having scored more than 8000 first-class runs for Saurashtra. He will take on the role of the batting coach for this tour.

Sairaj Bahutule is one of the most successful spin bowlers in Indian domestic cricket, having picked 630 first-class wickets. He also has some relative international exposure in his career, with two Tests and eight ODIs. He was the bowling coach of the Under-19 winning team in the Caribbean earlier this year.

Patiala’s Munish Bali was picked as one of the three fielding coaches in the NCA back in November 2021. He was picked as the fielding coach for the Under-19 team and saw the success of the junior side first-hand in the Caribbean earlier this year.

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