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Sunil Joshi appointed as Assam coach

Retired Indian spinner Sunil Joshi has been appointed as the head coach of the Assam Ranji Trophy team for the next two editions.

A left-arm orthodox bowler, Sunil Joshi last represented India in 2000 in Tests and played his last One-day International (ODI) in 2001.

Joshi, who plied his trade for Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy, will replace statemate Sanath Kumar. He has previously coached Jammu & Kashmir and Hyderabad. Joshi also worked as a spin coach with Oman national team for the 2016 World T20.

“Assam proved that they are one of the tough teams by progressing to the Ranji Trophy semifinals last season. They have a great bowling unit while the batsmen need to contribute enough to complement their bowlers. My aim is to help them continue the good work,” said Joshi.

As the upcoming season of Ranji Trophy is going to be played at neutral venues, Joshi said that the latest format will help players improve their skills.

“When players are exposed to unfamiliar conditions they will look to improve their overall skills to excel in challenging conditions. It is one of the best initiatives by BCCI but they should persist with it for a minimum of three years to get results.” Joshi finished a stellar domestic career with a record 489 first-class wickets.

Sunil Joshi, who made his debut for the national team in 1996, has represented India in 15 Test matches and 69 ODIs. He took 41 wickets in Tests and 69 in the ODIs and scored 352 runs and 584 runs in Tests and ODIs respectively.


Anil Kumble is a perfectionist: Sunil Joshi

Sunil Joshi has joined the long list of cricket personalities to congratulate Anil Kumble after he was appointed as team India’s coach.

Calling Kumble perfectionist, Joshi said that Kumble is the right candidate to take Indian cricket forward.

“First of all, congratulations to our Anil,” Joshi told Cricbuzz. “It’s a great appointment from the BCCI. It will be a proud moment for Anil, but there will be a lot of responsibilities from now. Hopefully, he can take all the hard work he has put in and lead from the front now as well.”

“We all know how he has been as a cricketer, and as a disciplined gentleman. I’m sure he’s the right candidate with his technical, tactical and general knowledge about the game.”

While Kumble is undoubtedly one of the greatest cricketers of all time, he is still a novice in the coaching department. However, Joshi did not express too much concern over that and said that Kumble’s past experience shows that he can lead a team with an example.

“I think, for Anil, it’s the right platform. His involvement with the Mumbai Indians during the IPL and Champions Trophy shows what he is capable of. And more than that, he handled the Monkeygate situation in Australia. He led from the front there.

“I think, he handled the team very well when they gave the captaincy to him. He handled the situations so very well. He was a very well-respected captain and cricketer. He has the highest regard for every single player and his knowledge about every player will bring the best out of them. It’s a very good thing for Indian cricket having Anil Kumble as the head coach,” Joshi adds.

While Kumble’s appointment received praise from all quarters, few people have also expressed their surprise on BCCI’s decision to hand Kumble one-year contract. Joshi too expressed his surprise but at the same time, he was confident that Kumble would do well in the limited time.

“One year is too short a time for any coach,” Joshi says. “I’m sure the board will give him a continuation. But I’m sure Anil will do well. He is a task master, as well as a sharp and intelligent person. He will be able to deliver the results.

“Whatever said, Anil Kumble as a cricketer even, received the respect from the opposition and his own team as well. I’m sure he will try to bring a change within each and every player,” he says.

“Anil is a perfectionist, it’s for him to decide,” Joshi concluded.

Former Pakistan captain claims Kohli is better than Sachin
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan claims Kohli is better than Sachin

Virat Kohli’s determination above from Sachin Tendulkar – Sunil Joshi

While Indian current star cricketer Virat Kohli feels embrace to comparing himself with Indian legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, but the cricket world does not stop to comparing between both of them.

This time, the comparison came from former Indian left-arm spinner and bowling all-rounder Sunil Joshi. Joshi told DNA on Thursday to comparing between Sachin and Virat, “Sachin’s determination was something extraordinary. Virat has gone one level ahead. Virat adores Sachin a lot and will leave no stone unturned to achieve or even better what the maestro has done.”

Sunil Joshi
Sunil Joshi

Virat Kohli is currently in a great form. From the beginning of the year, Virat performed greatly in the cricket world which turned destructive in the ongoing IPL 2016. Virat already became the first batsman to score 800+ runs in a single IPL season. Also, he already hit 4 centuries in the ongoing IPL 2016. Despite being in injury, Virat is playing just for his team [Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)] in the ongoing IPL.

Joshi had played 15 Tests and 69 ODIs during his international career between 1996 and 2001. 45-years old Joshi is currently serving as a coach of Zonal Cricket Academy (south). He shared his experience with Virat Kohli during the talking to DNA.

Joshi said, “In the first two-three years of my interaction with Virat during IPL nets, he was very clear in his mind that he wanted to be the best. Initially, he had the quality but was inconsistent. When he came back for the 2009 IPL, there was a big jump in his game. He had gone back to work hard on his skills. Once you focus on skills, you will automatically become consistent.”

When Virat scored 90 runs for Delhi just the day after his father death in December 2006, Joshi was a part in the opponent Karnataka team member. Joshi spoke out that incident, “To be able to come back after losing his dad and score 90 the next day showed how much desperate he was to play for the country.”

Joshi also said about Virat’s fitness. The former Indian left-arm spinner said about Virat’s fitness, “He has brought a new dimension to fitness and at the same time, stressed on skill. As a youth icon, he took the aura of all the seniors on the team, right from Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, to become the new icon of Indian cricket and even world cricket.”

Joshi remarked Virat Kohli as a complete player. Joshi said, “With patience, he has mellowed a lot. From someone who was vocal in his younger days, Virat has controlled aggression. He has become a complete player.

Once again Joshi spoke out on Virat’s determination. Joshi said, “Virat gives a lot of time to his practice and fitness sessions. How badly is one determined to work hard? Until… That until is infinity for Virat.”