Former Indian all-rounder Robin Singh revealed coaches have every right to pick their desired support staff, as he urged mentors should be allowed to go for their respective choices after Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri proclamation has turned into a hot debate since past one week, as the former Men in Blue director has received a support from ex-fielding coach. (Read Here: Featured: Five Positives Ravi Shastri Will Bring To The Table For Team India!).

“The CEO or the management want their own people. You can ask anyone around – whether it’s cricket or a company,” Robin was quoted as saying by ToI.

Earlier, the 55-year-old Shastri has wished to have Bharat Arun as India’s bowling coach which further found an equal amount of support from Robin in a bid to bring comfort to the team as a unit and he admitted that everybody is trying to make a ruckus out of it, reveals the former left-handed batsman.

“I don’t think there is a controversy. Everyone makes it a controversy,” Robin added.

Interestingly, Robin has served as a fielding coach of Team India between 2007-09, as he has had played the pivotal role in helping youngsters – to put an extra effort in order to save all-important runs.

“At the end of the day, if I’m coach, I would want people who I’m comfortable with. It’s as simple as that,” Robin asserted.

Concurrently, the 53-year-old Robin, who is the chief coach of Tamil Nadu Premier League franchise Karaikudi Kaalai, reiterated one has to work alongside those members, who have the clear understanding, in a bid to execute the plans and bring satisfactory results for the team.

“You have to work with people with whom you have an understanding and who you think can execute,” Robin remarked.

Robin added had he been appointed as a chief coach, he would have opted to ask for his desired support staff to work in tandem alongside skipper as well.

“Let me put it like this… I like to work with people who I know. I don’t like to work with people who I don’t know. It’s really a comfort level that you need to have,” Robin maintained.

While talking about the announcement of the chief coach from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Robin stated he is not in a better position to respond while adding he is not either aware of the alleged rift between former Indian coach Anil Kumble and current skipper Virat Kohli.

“I’m in no position to answer that. I never ever comment on what’s done,” Robin concluded.

Robin Singh was the fielding coach of India in 2007-09. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Earlier, on July 11, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) named Shastri as the coach.

However, Rahul Dravid was picked as a batting consultant for overseas tours alongside Zaheer Khan as a bowling consultant until 2019 World Cup, which is further subject to clarification.

Robin, who is also the part of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians, is enjoying his second season with Kaalai.

Coming to the conclusion, Robin revealed TNPL has provided a great platform for the youngsters. The tournament has led as an example in the domestic circuit, as he stated Mumbai Indians are looking keenly at the guys, who are participating in the TNPL.

Robin had featured in 136 One-day Internationals in which he amassed 2,336 runs and bagged 69 wickets. He has played a solitary Test in which he scored 27 runs.


    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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