VVS Laxman had experience of being coach as earlier In Dravid’s absence, Laxman led India on a tour of Ireland, followed by a T20I against England in Southampton, and was assisted by Bahutle and Sitanshu Kotak.
The coaching staff for India’s three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe has been revealed. VVS Laxman, an India legend and current head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), will serve as head coach for the Zimbabwe tour. Rahul Dravid has been given a break before the Asia Cup, which begins on August 27. India’s campaign kicks off on August 28 with a highly anticipated match against Pakistan. Vikram Rathour and Paras Mhambrey, India’s batting and bowling coaches, will be on leave, with Hrishikesh Kanitkar and Sairaj Bahutule filling in.
This will be Laxman’s first international assignment as a senior team coach, but he has extensive experience as the head coach of India’s U19 World Cup-winning team earlier this year. India will play three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club from August 18 to 22, as part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.
India is preparing for the World Cup next year & VVS Laxman role
The league has little significance for India because they have already qualified for the World Cup next year as hosts, but it will be crucial for Zimbabwe, which will be vying for one of the top eight automatic qualifying spots. India is currently seventh on the table with 79 points from 12 games, while Zimbabwe is thirteenth with 35 points from 15 games. VVS Laxman has played 134 Test matches for India, scoring 8781 runs at an average of 45.97 with 17 tonnes and 56 half-centuries, with his highest score being 281; in 86 One Day Internationals, he has scored 2338 runs at an average of 30.76 with six tonnes and ten half-centuries.
The return of KL Rahul, who was a late inclusion in the squad, has given India a boost. He will lead the 16-man squad in the three-match ODI series.
Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman (born 1 November 1974) is a former Indian international cricketer as well as a cricket commentator and pundit. Laxman, a right-handed batsman known for his elegant stroke play, batted in the middle order in Test cricket. Laxman is the current Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and the head coach of India’s Under-19 and A teams.
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