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MS Dhoni Will Help Youngsters In Absence Of Head Coach, Says Virat Kohli’s Childhood Coach 

MS Dhoni Will Help Youngsters In Absence Of Head Coach, Says Virat Kohli’s Childhood Coach

Rajkumar Sharma, Virat Kohli’s childhood coach, feels the experienced Team India won’t be affected by the absence of Anil Kumble during the ongoing bilateral series in West Indies.

Kumble, whose one-year contract with India had ended after the ICC Champions Trophy, was expected to accompany the team to the Caribbeans. However, the former India skipper, on Tuesday (June 20), decided to part ways with the team after discovering Virat Kohli’s reservations over his coaching style, forcing Virat Kohli & Co. to go to West Indies without a coach.

However, Rajkumar Sharma, while admitting that a team certainly misses the coach while making strategies, said that the current Indian team is tremendously experienced to deal with the situation. The coach feels that former India skipper MS Dhoni would be there to guide the youngsters too.

“A coach is always missed to chalk out strategies, but this group has tremendous experience. In the past as well, we did not have a coach, rather a director was appointed to watch over the team. Now, we have some mature players and Dhoni is also there to help them, even Virat is also there,” Sharma told ANI.

Speaking about the alleged rift between Kohli and Kumble, Sharma said:

“There might be some differences (between Kohli and Kumble) and it is better if keep the talks that happen in the dressing room there itself.”

As of now, the BCCI has deputed its general manager M.V. Sridhar to supervise the team management in West Indies.

The BCCI, meanwhile, has extended the deadline for submission of applications for the post to July 9. The board had advertised for the coach’s post last month and had received applications from Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh and Lalchand Rajput. The new coach is expected to join the team before the Sri Lanka series starting next month.

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