Jonty Rhodes, incumbents appear for Indian support staff interviews

Vastavam web: The high-profile Jonty Rhodes and the incumbents, including the under-pressure Sanjay Bangar, on Tuesday appeared for interviews conducted to pick the Indian team’s support staff. After a total of 18 interviews for the batting and bowling coaches were conducted on Monday, the MSK Prasad-led senior selection committee resumed the process on Tuesday.

It is understood that the former South Africa star Rhodes appeared for the fielding coach’s interview via Skype. Bangar is facing tough competition from former India players Vikram Rathour and Pravin Amre, who have emerged as a strong contenders to replace him as the team’s batting coach. Rathour, though, is seen as the frontrunner. The former India all-rounder has been with the team since 2014, during which India have played 50 Tests and 119 ODIs.

Bangar appeared before the panel from the West Indies via video conference, and so did current bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar. Arun and Sridhar also appeared for their interviews and were given “enough time”. Englishman Julian Fountain, who has previously worked with Bangladesh and Pakistan, appeared for the fielding coach’s interview in person. Abhay Sharma, who has been with the India A team, also appeared for the interview for the fielding coach’s position.