Mumbai: Former India cricketer Pravin Amre is the latest inclusion in the list of contenders for the role of Team India’s Head Coach.
“Yes, I have applied for the job,” said Amre, who comes with a remarkable resume as a coach in the domestic circuit.
The 47-year-old, who fine-tuned the likes of Robin Uthappa and Ajinkya Rahane, will compete for the principal post with Sandeep Patil, Ravi Shastri, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Venkatesh Prasad and Lalchand Rajput.
On June 1, BCCI made the announcement to welcome applications for Team India’s Head Coach job. First, we apply and then we have to come with our presentation before BCCI,” said Amre, who played 11 Tests and 37 ODIs for India.
The position remained vacant after Duncan Fletcher’s contract expired last year with the conclusion of ICC World Cup Down Under. Shastri (Team Director), Sanjay Bangar (batting coach), Bharat Arun (bowling coach) and R Sridhar (fielding coach) filled in since his departure.
“I have worked with the Mumbai Ranji team. I have recently completed specialised coaching in batting,” Amre highlighted his credentials.
Amre, known for his gritty batting and a debut ton against the pace attack comprising Allan Donald and Brett Schultz in Durban (1992), shared how Indian can perform better overseas.
“We have definitely improved from the past. When we are abroad, there will be special inputs.”
Amre cited Rahane’s twin half-centuries in Durban (2013) to substantiate his stance.
Along with Virat Kohli, Rahane is one of the key players to India’s batting unit. He worked very hard for the last three years to reach this level. The inputs I gave him worked,” Amre added.
Amre also served as the assistant coach of IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils. Jayant Yadav, one of his lads, is also in the Indian team for the Zimbabwe tour starting on June 11.
He is one of the finest talents in India’s spin department. Whenever he got an opportunity, he did well. In fact, he was the one who bowled in tough situations, like the powerplay, to the likes of David Warner.
“Credit should also be given to Robin because he was willing to make corrections (to his technique). To give a suggestion is easy but to implement it, is difficult. He worked hard because it needed a lot of physical time and readiness to overcome the mental barriers.”
Apart from Amre, there are four other Mumbai cricketers who are in the race for the lucrative designation.
Is it the new dawn for old school Bombay cricket who dominated domestic cricket at one point?
The pressure to handle the Mumbai team is the biggest challenge because of the expectations, considering they won Ranji trophy 41 times. We learnt a lot by being a part of the Mumbai cricket,” he asserted.