Abhay Sharma to apply for India’s fielding coach position

Abhay Sharma, a former fielding coach for the India women’s team who has previously worked with the India A and India U-19 teams, has emerged as one of the possibilities for the role of Team India’s fielding coach. R Sridhar, the team’s current fielding coach, has a contract that expires in November, thus the management is looking for a replacement. Abhay Sharma is expected to apply for the position, according to reports.

Sharma has represented Delhi, Railways, and Rajasthan in 89 first-class games. He was the fielding coach for Team India when they visited Zimbabwe in 2016. In the same year, he had also accompanied the squad on excursions to the United States and the West Indies. Harmanpreet Kaur recently praised Sharma for his performance during the UK tour. However, he was replaced for the team’s following visit to Australia.

Sharma’s chances of becoming India’s fielding coach had been revealed by a BCCI insider. “He’ll be applying for the job soon,” said the source. Sharma has a lot of experience under his belt. He has played in three U-19 World Cups, the most recent of which was in South Africa in 2020.

He’s also been a part of the team for 10 India A tours. He is also a coach at the National Cricket Academy and has worked closely with Rahul Dravid, who is one of the front-runners to become India’s head coach.

Ravi Shastri’s contract with India expires in November, and he plans to leave after the T20 World Cup. As a result, the BCCI has been looking for someone to fill this high-profile position. It was earlier stated that the board intends to appoint an Indian to the position.

Along with Shastri, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar are also expected to depart from the team. As previously reported, Rahul Dravid, the NCA’s head coach, is expected to be named Team India’s head coach following the World Cup.