India coaching staff: Sunil Joshi applies for the role of India’s bowling coach
Sunil Joshi, having left Bangladesh's staff, wants to work with India. © AFP

Former India spinner and Bangladesh‘s most recent spin bowling consultant, Sunil Joshi is in the fray to become next bowling coach of the Indian cricket team after revealing that he has thrown his hat in the ring for the position.

“Yes, I have applied for bowling coach (post). I can also contribute at large for the spin department,” he told Cricketcountry.com on August 6.

“If given an opportunity to serve this talented Indian team, [I will be] looking after the players when they have off days at work, prepare them for long term goals … taking care of bowlers and their work load, monitoring them very closely. Fitness is very important to be in great shape and leading by example is Virat Kohli. Lastly focusing on the Skill set; exciting days ahead,” said Joshi, who played 69 ODIs and 15 Tests for India from 1996 to 2001.

(READ: Venkatesh Prasad applies for post of bowling coach)

Unlike many international teams, India do not have a spin bowling coach and in the absence of a ‘specialist’, the team has found itself in trouble sometimes.

Most recently, India’s spin pair of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal struggled for impact in England during the World Cup. Wrist-spinner Kuldeep managed six wickets in seven matches and legspinner Chahal took 12 from eight, while conceding runs at 5.97 per over.

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Kuldeep Yadav struggled for wickets in England during the World Cup. AFP

In the loss to England in the league stage, Chahal conceded the most expensive figures by an Indian bowler in World Cups. Kuldeep was dropped from India’s XI during the tournament.

“All the Test playing teams have a spin coach [and] I am sure India also should have one,” said Joshi.

The 49-year-old has had coaching assignments with Hyderabad, Jammu and Kashmir and Assam in domestic cricket. Under his tutelage, J&K created history in the 2014-15 Ranji Trophy season when they stunned domestic giants Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium.

Later, Joshi went on to coach Oman. In 2017, he took over as Bangladesh’s spin bowling consultant and performed the role until the end of the 2019 World Cup. After the tournament, he joined USA’s coaching staff.

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Sunil Joshi was Bangladesh’s spin bowling coach for nearly two years.
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Commenting on Bangladesh’s World Cup 2019 campaign, Joshi said that the Mashrafe Mortaza-led side was the only team to play well as a unit.

“I think Bangladesh was only team played so well as unit. We had some amazingly close matches,” he said. “We missed a most important game against Sri Lanka which was rained off, and the one against New Zealand was a very close game which we should have won.”

The BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee consisting of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy will soon conduct interviews to decide on India’s head coach. Ravi Shastri, who is likely to keep the job, will face competition from veterans Tom Moody, Robin Singh and former New Zealand head coach, Mike Hesson.

The likes of Venkatesh Prasad, Steffan Jones and Joshi are among candidates who have applied for the bowling coach job. The MSK Prasad-led selection committee will take a call on the support staff for the Indian cricket team.