India domestic news October 3, 2011

Sunil Joshi appointed Hyderabad coach

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Sunil Joshi, the former India spinner, has been appointed the new head coach of Hyderabad, ending his 19-year domestic career. Joshi played in last year's Ranji Trophy semi-final, which Karnataka lost to Baroda, but said he is ready for the next phase in his career.

"I have been in talks with the Hyderabad Cricket Association for a while and they offered me the coach's position," Joshi told the Hindu. It fits in well with my career and I am ready for this transition. I am qualified and have done my Level II and III courses at the National Cricket Academy and have also gained the Level II certificate from the England and Wales Cricket Board."

Hyderabad had a poor Ranji Trophy season last year. They were bowled out for 21 in their opening game of the season, when Rajasthan's Deepak Chahar took 8 for 10 on debut, a result that saw several heads roll. They recovered somewhat from that point to finish fourth in their group, above Jharkhand and Tripura, and Joshi said he hopes he can "help the team improve its performance and qualify for the Elite section next year".

The 41-year-old Joshi took 41 wickets in 15 Tests and 69 wickets in 69 ODIs for India. The highlight of his international career was a remarkable spell of 10-6-6-5 in a one-dayer against South Africa. He was an integral part of the Karnataka state team since the 1992-93 season, having taken 615 first-class wickets at an average of 25.12 and a strike-rate of 62.1.

In the long run, Joshi said he would live to give back to Karnataka cricket. "I would love to nurture spinners at the State academy and also help Karnataka in whatever role is possible.

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  • Sudhi on October 3, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Joshi is a great competitor.... Karnataka will surely miss him

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Good selection, guess Hyderabad stick to selections based on merit n performance so the promising ones will benefit from Joshi's experience, also it's high time that Yadav's have less say and let Hyd team build-up and resurrect itself from the present ruins

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Hydrabad should be very lucky to get a coach like Sunil joshi . He has been one of the best spinner in indian conditions . His experiance is Vital . He has been with the greats like Kumble , Srinath , Venkatesh Prasad & Dravid . I hope he can boost the moral of the team & bring the good talents to the team India . Hyd has produced good players like Azaruddin & VVS Laxman .

  • hari on October 3, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    Quite surprising. Many names were doing the round, but Joshi came just out of the blue. He is no doubt a very hard working cricketer. He came up purely because of hard work and perseverence. He got into limelight during that 'Karnataka-India XI, when 7 players were from his state in the national team. One remembers how he used to travel by bus to reach Chinnaswamy stadium to practise and play. It is good that he is coming armed with coaching qualifications. However, does he have the right cricketing brain to combat modern day game? He is still a 'live' cricketer himself, but I think he would find it hard to cater to the modern cricket demands. Being an allrounder will help and being from the south also will help, but I feel Hyderabad needed somebody like Tiger Pataudi who can use his cricketing acumen and the whip to bring the house to order. With a few promising youngsters emerging, Hyd can look forward to a good season with or without Joshi. Provided selections are on merit. Ravi

  • Naresh on October 3, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    Here is one great spin bowler who had limited opportunities playing for India. He could have played on longer. I hope that he is not lost to India cricket. He must be involved in nurturing budding spinners. Being Hyderabad coach is a step in the right direction.

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