India veterans going global as coaches and consultants

After S Sriram’s guidance almost helped the Australian spinners topple India, Express looks at former India players who have played prominent coaching roles for foreign countries.

Published: 31st March 2017 12:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st March 2017 05:08 AM   |  A+A-

Patil played an instrumental role as head coach during Kenya’s unprecedented semifinal run during the 2003 World Cup. | PTI File Photo

By Express News Service

Manoj Prabhakar

The former India all-rounder was roped in by Afghanistan as a bowling coach before last year’s World T20, where they stunned eventual champions West Indies.

Though the team put in spirited performances under his and Inzamam-ul-Haq’s (head coach) guidance, Prabhakar’s contract was not renewed. The 53-year-old has also coached a few times in the domestic circuit, with Uttar Pradesh making an appearance in his CV for the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season.

Sandeep Patil

Apart from being a part of India World Cup-winning squad in 1983 and helming the national selection committee for nearly four years (between September 2012 and 2016), Patil played an instrumental role as head coach during Kenya’s unprecedented semifinal run during the 2003 World Cup.

The 60-year-old was also Oman’s man-in-charge during their stint at the 2004 ICC Trophy. He has also been director of National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.

Hanumant Singh

Patil isn’t Kenya’s only cricketing connect with India, as Hanumant had donned the same role during the early 90s for the minnows. Under his watch, Kenya reached two ICC Trophy semifinals (1990 and 1994). The nation also pulled off one of the greatest upsets in the game’s history while he was coach: a 73-run group-stage win against two-time 50-over World Cup champions West Indies during the 1996 World Cup that was held in the sub-continent.

Robin Singh

Apart from stints with all national sides, Robin’s head-coach foray with Hong Kong saw them qualify for the Asia Cup in 2004.

US has also been on the former all-rounder’s radar, as he’s worked with senior and junior squads, and helmed the women’s side for the 2011 WC Qualifiers. Robin has also been roped in as coach in IPL (Deccan Chargers, Mumbai Indians), Bangladesh Premier League (Khulna Division), Sri Lanka Premier League (Uva Next).

Mohinder Amarnath

The 66-year-old was Bangladesh coach in the early 90s, but lost his position after failing to make for the 1996 World Cup. Apart from stints with domestic sides (Rajasthan, Bengal), the former India international also had a short run with the Moroccan cricket team in 2002.

He was appointed as national selector in 2011, but was called off from his duty after demanding MS Dhoni’s Test axe following identical 4-0 whitewashes in England and Australia.


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