The former Indian left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi had been named Oman’s spin-bowling coach ahead of the team’s maiden World T20 appearance in India earlier this year. Joshi joined head coach Duleep Mendis, Rumesh Ratnayake as part of Oman’s support staff for the pre-tournament preparation tour in UAE, as well as the WT20 and Asia Cup.
He was readily welcomed into the squad and was a hit amongst the players and coaching staff. All the players were impressed by the wisdom imparted to them by Joshi and the professional attitude demonstrated by him.
Joshi: On His Role with Oman
“It gives me an opportunity to work with an international team in such a big event,” Joshi told the Hindu. Joshi said he and Mendis would share their collective experience of bowling and playing spin with Oman’s players.
“I believe a coach should be able to demonstrate (in practice sessions) what he teaches,” he said. “Duleep Mendis is the head coach and we can both relate a lot on how to play and bowl spin. Eventually it would help the team to be aware of the nuances of slow bowling.”
“I have told them to set targets and have confidence in executing their plans systematically,” said Joshi, who has turned the fortunes of a lowly Jammu & Kashmir team in the Indian domestic scene.
“In Twenty20’s a bowler’s prime focus must be to bowl dot balls, which puts the batsmen under pressure. And when that situation arises, wickets can be purchased. And this tactic can be applied on placid batting wickets too,” he said.
His Playing Days
A burning passion for cricket at a young age inspired Sunil Joshi to travel 40 miles to Hubli each morning for practice, and then return to his native town of Gadag in time for school. It is this undying love for the game that enabled Joshi to represent the Indian National team on the International stage.
Joshi played both Test and One Day International cricket for India between 1996 and 2001. His usual role in the team was to provide runs from the lower order and spin bowling. His most famous bowling performance for India came in an ODI match against South Africa in the LG Cup in 1999. He returned figures of 10–6–6–5 helping India to victory in that match. Three years later, the performance was rated in the Wisden 100 as the seventh best ODI bowling performance to that date.
At state level he played for Karnataka throughout his career. In the 1995–96 season of the Ranji Trophy he achieved the impressive double of scoring 500 runs and capturing 50 wickets. He also played briefly for the Bedfordshire County Cricket Club in England during the 2004 season.
Oman Cricket is extremely fortunate to have availed the services of the ex-Indian international bowler. His service and skills passed on will always be remembered by the players and fans of Oman Cricket. We would like to wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
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