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‘Kohli looked at me in disappointment’: Ex-IND coach wanted to 'walk away, quit'

Former Indian fielding coach R Sridhar revealed that he wanted to walk away from his job after Virat Kohli and Co. defeated South Africa in the 2015 Test match at Delhi.

Kohli had described Team India's famous win over South Africa as the most special of the bilateral series between the two nations in 2015(Getty Images)
Updated on Feb 26, 2023 01:32 PM IST
By, New Delhi

'Rohit, Dravid won't make the same mistake': Sridhar on Kohli-Shastri 'blunder'

R Sridhar, who was part of India's support staff as the team's fielding coach, and enjoyed his time with the team, rued one big missed opportunity by Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri, which he feels Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma won't repeat.

The Rohit Sharma-Rahul Dravid pair appears to give players a longer run compares to Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri(Getty)
Updated on Feb 23, 2023 02:43 PM IST
By, New Delhi

'Sir, I'm exhausted, drained; will bowl a bit slowly': Bumrah to ex-India coach

What if we were to tell that that there was an occasion when Jasprit Bumrah thought he wouldn't operate at his 100 percent? Well, as India's premier pacer plans his international comeback, here is a story not many have heard of.

Believe it or not, Jasprit Bumrah once decided he wouldn't bowl at full throttle (Getty)
Updated on Feb 22, 2023 09:20 AM IST
By, New Delhi

'Rahane told Shaw firmly 'Not a step more. I know nothing's wrong with you''

Former India fielding coach R Sridhar weighed in on Rahane's captaincy, explaining how the batter, by no mean, an unauthoritative leader.

R Sridhar recalled an incident when Ajinkya Rahane saw through Prithvi Shaw(Getty)
Published on Feb 16, 2023 07:08 AM IST

'Ravi Shastri took the sheet and tore it into pieces; 'Don't dish out nonsense''

R Sridhar, the former India fielding coach, in his book revealed an incident when a directive laid out by a Cricket Australia official did not sit well with the then-coach Ravi Shastri.

Ravi Shastri wasn't having any of CA's 'nonsense' (Getty)
Updated on Feb 16, 2023 12:53 AM IST
By, New Delhi

'Told you not to suggest such novice coaches': When Sridhar faced Shastri's ire

Sridhar, in his recently-published book 'Coaching Beyond: My Days with the Indian Cricket Team', revealed having faced Shastri's wrath during his early days which resulted in a sleepless night.

R Sridhar (left), Bharat Arun (centre) and Ravi Shastri (right)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 09:26 AM IST

'There was a Rohit camp and a Kohli camp. Shastri called them both and said...'

Although through no fault of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, the advent of social media and reports of a tiff had reportedly strained their relationship, albeit slightly. Things went down between the two but before it could reach a crescendo, Ravi Shastri was around to control the situation.

Ravi Shastri (Left) speaks to Rohit Sharma (Centre) and Virat Kohli(Twitter)
Updated on Feb 04, 2023 02:59 PM IST
By, New Delhi

'Pujara was 8 off 61. Shastri had seen enough; said 'Stop riding a Luna and...''

Former India fielding coach R Sridhar has narrated an incident when Cheteshwar Pujara's overcautious approach once played with the patience of Ravi Shastri so much that he was forced to send out a message for India's No. 3 in Tests.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravi Shastri in 2019(Reuters)
Updated on Feb 03, 2023 06:28 PM IST
By, New Delhi

'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)
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)
Published on Feb 01, 2023 07:06 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Afternoon brief: India reacts to vandalisation of temples in Australia

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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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Published on Nov 22, 2021 09:16 PM IST
ByRutvick Mehta
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