India to take up the reins of the Indian cricket team, coach after India’s defeat to South Africa
Reuters India’s top coach is expected to step down after the match against South Africa on Friday.
The coach of the home team will be replaced by his assistant and vice-captain.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was appointed by the Indian Cricket Board (ICB) on Monday and will lead the squad against the home side for the second time in the series.
His appointment has been met with some concern by India’s cricket fans who feel that he was not consulted by the board, who will make the final decision on his future.
Virat Kohli is likely to be named the team’s coach.
India are in Group B of the Twenty20 World Cup and will face Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
“The captain, Virat Kohlis, has been appointed as the new coach of Indian cricket.
He is expected at some point in the next two days,” a statement from the Indian Football Association said on Tuesday.
Kohli was appointed in June and was in charge of India’s T20 team for the last two years.
According to the ICC, the ICCT has “indicated that a suitable candidate for the role should be found” and that Kohli will be responsible for the team “for the next few weeks”.
India’s last two matches have been against South African teams.
On Monday, they lost 2-1 in Perth, 5-2 in Adelaide and 2-0 in Melbourne.
In their other Test, India were beaten by Sri Lanka in Delhi, 6-1, in Perth and in the second Test, they were beaten 6-2 by Pakistan in Lahore.
South Africa, who are favourites to win the tournament, beat Australia in the last game of the T20 competition in Perth.
Sri Lanka have won the last three World T20s against India, but have never beaten the Indian team.
Indian captain Virat Marathia said Kohli would be given a chance to prove his worth in the team.
“The Indian cricket board will announce his appointment as the coach and vice coach for the next couple of days,” he said in a tweet on Tuesday night.
However, Kohli, who is expected by the ICC to step away from the job after the game against South Australia, did not give a reason for his departure.
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