Fletcher in charge, media manager rubbishes rift rumours

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015,19:49 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Melbourne | The Indian team management today sought to deny a media report about chief coach Duncan Fletcher being ignored meetings and also not being kept in the loop about team strategy.
With Indian team taking a day-off and players being left on their own to relax, there were reports of team’s support staff led by Team Director Ravi Shastri having an impromptu meeting at the team hotel Langham with Fletcher not informed about it.
I can confirm that no such meeting was held. There is absolutely no truth that Duncan was not kept in the loop about a meeting of the support staff. I can only term this as figment of imagination, teams media manager DR R N Baba said when specifically asked about about the rift among support staff.
The general notion since Shastris appointment has been that its a move by BCCI to clip Fletchers wings after teams poor overseas record over a period of time.
In fact, according to team sources, bowling coach Bharath Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar, apparently went to meet their common friend in the evening during the time when the so-called meeting of support staff without Fletcher was supposedly held.
When contacted a senior BCCI official currently in India, said, Do you people seriously think that Fletcher needs to be sidelined with these kind of childish tricks.
Fletcher has a contract till the end of the World Cup, which is only a month and half away. We dont think he will seek an extension. So if a man is leaving after the World Cup, do you need to do something like this, the offical said.
While Yadav was seen hurrying people like Dhoni and Kohli with his pace, Shami dug in the occasional short delivery effectively, Bhuvneshwar found it difficult to hit the right length as he was a yard short and at his pace which has dropped even further, his bowling was just like cannon fodder.
From, Dhoni to Ashwin, everyone played the pull-shot against the UP seamer.
Rayudu, for one, charged down and hit him over square leg. The most disappointing aspect for Bhuvneshwar would be his sharp drop in pace from what he had till a year back.
It was evident in Sydney during the fourth Test, where his deliveries in the third and fourth spells were in the range of 110-115 kmph.
Bhuvneshwar did bowl close to 50 deliveries but not for once could he beat the bat of any of the batsmen, who faced him.
The 25-year-old, who has already played 12 Tests, 44 ODIs and 9 T20 Internationals, is for the first time in two years of international cricket facing fitness issues.
Praveen Kumar, one of his senior state colleagues and someone from whom Bhuvneshwar learnt the subtle nuances of swing bowling, recently had a word of advice as a note of caution for his junior.
Since Bhuvi plays all the three formats for India, it’s high time, he does some extra work on fitness. Otherwise, he will have issues, the UP skipper recently told PTI ahead of the World Cup.
Praveen, whose own bowling was based on ability to swing the ball on both sides wants his Meerut teammate to be fit enough so that he can bend his back.
To get swing, you need to be able to bend your back while delivering every ball. It’s just not about having the correct grip and let it flow. You have to load properly and able to exert the force to swing the ball. So Bhuvi should better be fit as Indian team needs him, Praveen had said.