Bengaluru, May 17: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has appointed former India opener Shiv Sunder Das as the batting coach of the Indian women's team for the forthcoming tour of England.
After the BCCI made the announcement, the 43-year-old said he is looking forward to use his coaching stint at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) to guide the youngsters during the trip.
"It'll be good experience and I'm looking forward to it," the 43-year-old former Odisha skipper told PTI news agency.
Abhay Sharma has been named as fielding coach while Gita Gaikwad will be the manager of the team for the month-long tour of Old Blighty which begins in the third week of June.
India Women's tour to England --— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) May 17, 2021
Batting coach: Shiv Sunder Das
Fielding coach: Abhay Sharma
Manager: Gita Gaikwad
Bowling coach: @cricbuzz understands that Ramesh Powar would be taking care of this department @vijaymirror has all the details ..https://t.co/4YUR9ZYGUK
Newly-appointed coach Ramesh Powar, himself an off-spinner will take care of the bowling duties.
Powar had replaced incumbent WV Raman as the head coach last week.
The BCCI had named Mithali Raj (Tests) and Harmanpreet Kaur (ODIs and T20s) for the tour.
India is playing a solitary Test match and three ODIs and as many T20s during the month-long tour of UK which begins with the five-day game at Bristol on June 16.
Das has honed his skills as a batting coach at the NCA under Rahul Dravid's guidance and that, he believes, will help him while trying to solve the technical problems of the batters.
"I've been part of NCA for last 4-5 years and have been batting coach for last couple of years. I would like to thank Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly for giving me this opportunity," said Das, who has played 23 Tests between 2000-02, has a decent average of near 35 with more than 1,300 runs, including two hundreds and nine half centuries, all under the current BCCI president's captaincy.
"I don't think there's a lot of difference and at the end of the day, you impart your knowledge, and work with players. You contribute to their success and be ready to solve their cricketing issues when they require you. My responsibility is to make them well prepared and match ready."
(With Agency inputs)