In a significant move for Indian cricket, two former cricketing stalwarts, VVS Laxman and Hrishikesh Kanitkar, have been entrusted with the responsibility of leading the Indian men’s and women’s cricket teams, respectively, at the upcoming Asian Games 2023.
The prestigious event is scheduled to take place in Hangzhou from September 23 to October 8, and cricket enthusiasts across the nation are eagerly anticipating the performances of these legendary figures in their new coaching roles.
VVS Laxman, widely regarded as one of India’s finest batsmen, will not only captain the men’s team but also oversee the National Cricket Academy’s operations as its chairman. Currently, Laxman is spearheading a high-performance program for promising young Indian players at Alur, located near Bangalore.
This move reflects the cricketing authorities’ commitment to nurturing and developing the next generation of cricketing talents under the guidance of an illustrious figure.
Joining Laxman in the mission to propel the Indian men’s team to success are two accomplished coaches. Sairaj Bahutule, a former Indian leg-spinner, will take charge of the bowling department, while Munish Bali will provide his expertise in the fielding department.
On the other hand, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, a former all-rounder with a notable international career, will lead the Indian women’s team, albeit in an interim capacity for the Asian Games 2023. Kanitkar previously coached the Indian women’s team during the Women’s T20I World Cup in South Africa in February, an experience that undoubtedly contributed to his selection for this role.
Kanitkar will be supported by a competent coaching staff that includes Subhadeep Ghosh as the fielding coach and Rajib Dutta as the bowling coach. Together, they aim to enhance the team’s performance and foster a winning mentality among the women’s squad.
Notably, the appointment of the head coach and support staff for the Indian women’s team for future endeavors has been deferred until the commencement of the new international home season in December. This decision suggests a meticulous approach to ensure the best possible leadership for the women’s cricket team moving forward.