Virat Kohli backs Daniel Vettori to be next Indian coach


Virat Kohli has recommended Daniel Vettori’s name for the role of India’s national coach. Vettori, who is the head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), also manages Big Bash League’s (BBL) Brisbane Heat and this opportunity could be a huge leap for the New Zealander, who retired from international cricket at the end of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. While Vettori is RCB’s head coach, Kohli is their skipper and their journey in the IPL is turning into a strong bond. India have remained without a coach ever since Duncan Fletcher’s contract ended with the national side after last year’s 50-over World Cup — a period in which former cricketer Ravi Shastri served as the team director and they showed positive signs with an aggressive approach, especially in Test cricket.

According to Times of India, although there is no confirmation about Kohli recommending Vettori, the sources close to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have revealed that India’s Test captain is keen on having Vettori on board.

India are scheduled to play 17 Test matches between June 2016 and March 2017 which indicates the appointment of a national coach could come around any time soon. Following the end of Fletcher’s contract at the end of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Team India remained under the guidance of Ravi Shastri as their team director. It is not likely that Shastri will get an extension, or maybe appoint him as the coach of the national side.

Vettori’s final international match was the heartbreak final of 2015 World Cup where New Zealand lost to co-hosts Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Soon after he bowed out of an eminent international career, his first assignment that came his way as a coach was managing Brisbane Heat in April 2015.

Vettori replaced the Stuart Law at Brisbane, signing a three-year contract. It is to be seen if India do go by Kohli’s suggestion and hand Vettori an offer letter, the Kiwi might have to figure out about his Big Bash duties.

The last report regarding India’s national coach was about the BCCI approaching Rahul Dravid, who currently heads the India A and Under-19 national teams. Dravid had said, “Any decision that I make at this stage of my life would depend on whether I have the bandwidth to do all of these things.”

Soon after that Dravid was roped in by Delhi Daredevils (DD) as their mentor and following that decision, DD seemed to be an all-new side in the ninth edition of the IPL.

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