The Indian cricket team is going through a torrent of changes. They have used seven captains in the span of the year owing to resting players in order to avoid mental fatigue. Now they have come up with another way to cope with the same issue.
In recent developments on Tuesday, BCCI is said to have appointed renowned mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton to the men in blue’s coaching staff.
Upon this appointment, the south African showed great delight and excitement. He shared a post on social media about his return to the Indian team, captioned “excited and privileged to be back.”
According to reports, Upton has joined the team for a short contract. He will be teaming up with the men in blues for the coming four months. His contract with Rohit Sharma-led side is said to expire after the T20 World Cup later in Australia.
The Indian team is currently touring West Indies for two limited over series. The first leg (ODIs) is being played in the Caribbean islands. While the second leg in the form of T20Is will be played in the US.
Paddy Upton’s great relationship with Rahul Dravid
Upton and Rahul Dravid have shared a great bond over the years. They struck a partnership during Upton’s first stint with the Indian team in 2008. The then-coach Garry Kirsten, recommended him.
Together both South African’s contracts came to an end with the Indian team post World Cup victory. However, Upton was soon reunited with Dravid in IPL. They shared the office while working with Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capital.
Now he will be reunited with his old friend in the Indian camp. Upton is ready to join the squad ahead of their third ODI against West Indies on Wednesday. The players and the coaching staff will hope to recreate the heroics of 2011 in the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia.