Abhay Sharma's stint as fielding coach ends
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The stint of Abhay Sharma, the fielding coach of the Indian team, has reportedly come to an end. Sharma didn’t enter the bio-secure bubble in Bengaluru, where a camp with 30 players is being held, PTI reported on Thursday (August 12). Alongside him, the trainer Naresh Ramdas is also set to be replaced.
“The names of new fielding coach and trainer will be approved shortly,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by PTI.
Sharma received praise from various quarters for his work with the Indian team, which saw them improve their fielding standard in the tour of England. While Harleen Deol’s stunning catch became widely acknowledged, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana, too, took some brilliant catches, while the overall fielding performance was good, too.
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Shiv Sundar Das, who was named the batting coach, has retained his position with Ramesh Powar, the head coach, taking charge of bowling as well.
Sharma’s absence from the camp took players by surprise. Mithali Raj, the ODI and Test captain, as well as Harmanpreet Kaur, the T20I skipper, had praised Sharma for his role in India’s improved fielding skills. It is speculated that Sharma could be asked to work with the under-19 men’s team ahead of the Wold Cup next year.
The NCA support staff is often rotated in roles with the national side. Sharma is part of NCA. He was appointed as India’s fielding coach ahead of the home series against South Africa earlier this year.