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'Rishabh Pant drove me nuts. I stopped giving him suggestions and inputs'

A former India coach recalled his initial days with Rishabh Pant, revealing how the wicketkeeper's stubbornness would make him 'angry and frustrated'.

Rishabh Pant drive his fielding coach crazy(BCCI)
Rishabh Pant drive his fielding coach crazy(BCCI)
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 05:56 PM IST
By, New Delhi

'MS Dhoni was furious. He ripped the team to shreds and gave them an ultimatum'

One instance of MS Dhoni losing his temper has emerged in R Sridhar's biography, where the ex- fielding coach mentioned how the former India captain was left seething at his players.

MS Dhoni gave quite the earful to his players after India's 'shoddy' performance(Getty)
MS Dhoni gave quite the earful to his players after India's 'shoddy' performance(Getty)
Published on Feb 01, 2023 07:06 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Afternoon brief: India reacts to vandalisation of temples in Australia

Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.

Graffiti sprayed on Iskon's Albert Park temple. (Source: Twitter/@austhindu)
Graffiti sprayed on Iskon's Albert Park temple. (Source: Twitter/@austhindu)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 12:59 PM IST

'Sir why should I listen to you? You'll say something and...': IND star to coach

R Sridhar was India's fielding coach between 2014 and 2021 in which time the team was known as one of the sharpest fielding sides in the world.

Sridhar was India's fielding coach between 2014 and 2021(Getty Images)
Sridhar was India's fielding coach between 2014 and 2021(Getty Images)
Updated on Jan 26, 2023 02:29 PM IST

'Neither Ravi nor Virat thought of this. That's where I saw a captain in Samson'

Former India coach R Sridhar revealed that it was neither then head coach Ravi Shastri nor Virat Kohli's masterclass, but was rather the idea of Sanju Samson. Sridhar revealed that it was the moment he had seen a captain in Samson.

Virat Kohli with Ravi Shastri; Sanju Samson
Virat Kohli with Ravi Shastri; Sanju Samson
Updated on Jan 17, 2023 04:27 PM IST

Shastri was like 'he is the boy who will win us Test matches abroad'

Sridhar spoke in detail about the Team India star and revealed that Ravi Shastri saw his potential “even before he made his debut for India”.

Ravi Shastri (Action Images via Reuters)
Ravi Shastri (Action Images via Reuters)
Updated on Oct 02, 2022 11:13 AM IST

Sridhar recalls Pandya's dressing room reaction after run out in CT 2017 final

Hardik Pandya was run out on 76 off 43 deliveries during the final of the Champions Trophy 2017 against Pakistan.

Hardik Pandya after being dismissed in Champions Trophy 2017 Final(Getty)
Hardik Pandya after being dismissed in Champions Trophy 2017 Final(Getty)
Updated on Oct 01, 2022 07:32 PM IST

'He's fielding like a Panther and...': Ex-India coach's judgment on 'King' Kohli

Kohli's timely return to form augurs well for India with the T20 World Cup looming. As someone who has seen Kohli at his peak, a former India fielding coach hailed Kohli 2.0 and noticed a lot of positive difference in Virat, his batting, fielding and the overall mindset and headspace.

Welcome back, Virat Kohli. We had been missing you(Getty)
Welcome back, Virat Kohli. We had been missing you(Getty)
Published on Sep 28, 2022 07:03 AM IST
By, New Delhi

'Rohit came and told Pant… 'tujhe pata nahi tune kya kiya hai'': Ex-India coach

Pant won the player of the match award at the Gabba where he hit an unbeaten 89 off 138 balls, decorated with nine fours and a six. The Test win proved to be the perfect impetus for his international career, as he has since become a mainstay in all three formats.

Rishabh Pant (L) and Rohit Sharma(Twitter)
Rishabh Pant (L) and Rohit Sharma(Twitter)
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 09:25 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Confident India will ‘fill the gaps’ by T20 World Cup: Ex-fielding coach Sridhar

Under the Hyderabad coach, India had touched great heights in fielding which helped take on top rivals like Australia and South Africa on their home turf.

Former India fielding coach R Sridhar.(Getty Images)
Former India fielding coach R Sridhar.(Getty Images)
Published on Sep 25, 2022 08:33 PM IST
By, Hyderabad

Sridhar recalls Pant's reaction to India's 36-all-out against Australia

Rishabh Pant wasn't the part of India's playing XI in the first Test in Adelaide, where the side was bowled out on merely 36 in the second innings.

Rishabh Pant with India teammates after the series win against Australia in 2021(Twitter)
Rishabh Pant with India teammates after the series win against Australia in 2021(Twitter)
Published on Sep 19, 2022 07:04 AM IST

'Pant sacrificed batting sessions for that. Don't see any other doing it'

India's former fielding coach R Sridhar lift the lid on Pant's enormous hard work behind the scenes after he lost his place in the Indian team in 2020.

Rishabh Pant(BCCI Twitter)
Rishabh Pant(BCCI Twitter)
Updated on Sep 17, 2022 05:23 PM IST

'Virat, that's enough. He asked, Why? Are you tired? I'll take that to grave'

R Sridhar has recalled a memory about Virat Kohli which the former India coach claims he will 'take to his grave'.

S Sridhar and Virat Kohli. (Getty Images)
S Sridhar and Virat Kohli. (Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 20, 2022 10:10 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Ravi Shastri said to me 'Sree, ye bachhe pe bahut kaam karna padega'

Former India fielding coach R Sridhar has revealed that a big weakness of a star India batter dates back to his debut in 2018.

Ravi Shastri and R Sridhar.  (Getty Images)
Ravi Shastri and R Sridhar.  (Getty Images)
Published on Aug 11, 2022 07:12 AM IST

Dhoni said '2 non-negotiable things for me are...': Sridhar on MSD's eye-opener

Former India fielding coach R Sridhar recalled an incident regarding MS Dhoni which he feels served as an 'eye-opener' for Indian cricket.

Former India captain MS Dhoni. (Getty)
Former India captain MS Dhoni. (Getty)
Updated on Aug 10, 2022 07:50 AM IST
By, New Delhi

'It's T20 cricket...': Sridhar wants BCCI to take 'legendary' India star to WC

Before BCCI reveal their team for the World Cup, former fielding coach R Sridhar has urged India to take a ‘legendary’ cricketer in their team for the big tournament.

R Sridhar; Indian cricket team
R Sridhar; Indian cricket team
Published on Aug 05, 2022 06:51 PM IST

'Our top 3 fast bowlers would be…': Sridhar picks India's pace attack for T20WC

Since the last T20 World Cup, in the UAE, India have played 11 pace bowlers. Few were added to the then existing line-up on the back of their impressive show in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) while others two new were added after the 2022 season.

R Sridhar picks India's pace attack for T20World Cup
R Sridhar picks India's pace attack for T20World Cup
Published on Aug 05, 2022 07:57 AM IST

'Immediately checked to see if Pant was playing': Ex-India coach on SKY opening

Of the many people left puzzled by the decision was a former member of India's coaching set-up, more so because Ishan Kishan is already part of the squad and had scored a couple of fifties against South Africa at home.

Suryakumar Yadav plays a cut shot. (Getty)
Suryakumar Yadav plays a cut shot. (Getty)
Published on Aug 04, 2022 06:52 PM IST
By, New Delhi

'He makes bowlers look silly but…': Sridhar says IND youngster needs to improve

Despite several youngster getting regular chances for the Indian team, one 22-year-old talent has not featured anywhere in the last one year. 

R Sridhar feels poor form and fitness is the reason behind India youngster's ouster. (Getty Images)
R Sridhar feels poor form and fitness is the reason behind India youngster's ouster. (Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 29, 2022 01:32 PM IST

Sridhar explains science behind Dhoni's stumping, warns young WKs to not try it

MS Dhoni registered 123 stumping dismissals in ODIs, which is the highest by any keeper in the format.

MS Dhoni in action for India.(Twitter)
MS Dhoni in action for India.(Twitter)
Published on Jul 03, 2022 05:49 PM IST

Ashes, 4th Test: ‘Could do with Ashwin, Vihari’: Sridhar's tongue-in-cheek tweet

Ashes, 4th Test: Former India fielding coach R Sridhar posted a cheeky comment during the England-Australia Sydney Test and reminded the world of R Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari's heroics at the same venue last year.

Ashes, 4th Test: ‘Could do with Ashwin, Vihari’: R Sridhar posts tongue-in-cheek tweet as Anderson, Broad replicate Sydney feat(TWITTER/HT COLLAGE)
Ashes, 4th Test: ‘Could do with Ashwin, Vihari’: R Sridhar posts tongue-in-cheek tweet as Anderson, Broad replicate Sydney feat(TWITTER/HT COLLAGE)
Updated on Jan 09, 2022 05:17 PM IST
By, New Delhi, Sydney Test

'Challenge was to improve slip catching': R Sridhar

The Indian team's former fielding coach on his long stint and how he worked with the team to build a consistent slip cordon

India fielding coach R Sridhar(Twitter)
India fielding coach R Sridhar(Twitter)
Published on Nov 22, 2021 09:16 PM IST
ByRutvick Mehta

'The noise has to be so huge that it has to reverberate in Lord's'

Team India's fielding coach R Sridhar revealed that it was captain Virat Kohli's idea to cheer for Shami and Bumrah on their return to the dressing room.

Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah get appaluaded by teammates on their way back to dressig room on final day of Lord's Test(Screengrab)
Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah get appaluaded by teammates on their way back to dressig room on final day of Lord's Test(Screengrab)
Updated on Aug 23, 2021 07:55 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Team Kohli defeats Team Ashwin in Team India’s fun fielding drill - WATCH

The BCCI shared the video of the training session on Twitter in which coach Sridhar could be seen giving a brief about the entire drill.

Stills from Team India's fielding drill in England(HT Collage)
Stills from Team India's fielding drill in England(HT Collage)
Updated on Jul 19, 2021 10:58 PM IST
By, New Delhi

'So much reminds us of Viru': Fielding coach R Sridhar lauds Indian cricket star

The fielding coach also said that the ‘Men in Blue’ are watching the women in action and encouraging the girls.

Virender Sehwag.(Getty Images)
Virender Sehwag.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 18, 2021 10:15 PM IST

Being a little under-prepared can work in our favour in WTC final: R Sridhar

R. Sridhar said going to the UK with a "slight under-prepared mindset" can also bring the best out of players

India fielding coach R Sridhar. (File Photo)(Twitter)
India fielding coach R Sridhar. (File Photo)(Twitter)
Published on May 12, 2021 02:05 PM IST
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‘You're truly a modern-day legend’: Fielding coach Sridhar lauds Ashwin, Kohli

India vs England: India's fielding coach R Sridhar could not hide his excitement watching R Ashwin and Virat Kohli bat.

India's fielding coach R Sridhar.(Getty Images)
India's fielding coach R Sridhar.(Getty Images)
Published on Feb 16, 2021 08:06 AM IST
By, New Delhi

News updates from HT: Mamata says Union budget 'anti-farmer and anti-India'

Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.

The tussle between the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and its main challenger in the coming assembly polls (ANI Photo)
The tussle between the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and its main challenger in the coming assembly polls (ANI Photo)
Published on Feb 01, 2021 08:59 PM IST
Byhindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

When Australian players were inside, we were not allowed to use the lift: Ashwin

India off-spinner R Ashwin in his YouTube conversation with fielding coach R Sridhar added another chapter to off the field incidents in Australia by revealing that Indian cricketers were not allowed to enter the lift in Sydney if any member of the Australian squad was already inside it.

Australia's captain Tim Paine speaks to India's Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari after a draw on day 5 of the third cricket test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia(REUTERS)
Australia's captain Tim Paine speaks to India's Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari after a draw on day 5 of the third cricket test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 23, 2021 07:54 PM IST
Byhindustantimes.com

Wear that 36 all out like a badge, R Sridhar recalls 'Raviship' and more

India's fielding coach R Sridhar opened about the tour in an elaborate chat, asserting it will be difficult to surpass what the team went through in the past one month - from hitting the nadir to reaching the zenith.

File image of India's fielding coach R Sridhar. (Getty Images)
File image of India's fielding coach R Sridhar. (Getty Images)
Published on Jan 21, 2021 08:00 PM IST
PTI | , New Delhi
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