Having made its ‘support staff team’ strong with likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Anil Kumble and Jonty Rhodes, Mumbai Indians is all set to induct Harbhajan Singh as its new batting coach.
After having witnessed the poor show of the team’s batsmen in the previous match against Kings Eleven Punjab, in a hurriedly called meeting, Team owner Neeta Ambani had proposed Harbhajan’s name for this position which was unanimously accepted. Harbhajan had played a swashbuckling knock in the match and hit 6 sixes.
Though the team have had Icon, Chief Mentor , Head Coach, Asst. Coach, Bowling Coach and Fielding Coach in their support staff, the need for a batting coach was always being strongly felt and cricket experts are seeing the absence of a batting coach as the major cause of the recent batting fiasco.
While talking to media, Harbhajan told reporters that he was ready to take up the dual responsibility of both coach and player.
He has expressed his willingness to open the innings. Hailing his call, MI captain Rohit Sharma who has always struggled with his inconsistent form has offered to sacrifice his batting position for Bhajji.
The team practiced hard on nets in the evening session where the new batting coach gave some important batting mantras to the players. He encouraged players to play cross-batted shots and made them watch Shahid Afridi batting videos.
Later, on a special request from Rahul Dravid- Mentor- Rajhasthan Royals Bhajji took a brief session with the Royals players and gave them invaluable tips on batting. The MI will take on RR on this Tuesday.
We are told that top batsmen including Virat Kohli also admire Bhajji and they regularly consult him for their batting.
PM modi congratulated him on Twitter. Whereas, Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting who are the Icon and Head Coach of MI have also welcomed the decision. Ex Aussie cricketer Andrew Symonds has called the decision unfortunate, whereas model Geeta Basra could not be contacted for the comment.