Upton has been taken on a short-term contract and will be the latest addition to coach Rahul Dravid’s support squad.
“Yes, Paddy will join the ODI team from Wednesday’s third match against West Indies and will continue until the end of the T20 World Cup in Australia. This is a short term arrangement for a period of four months,” said a BCCI senior. a source told PTI on condition of anonymity.
Upton was first signed by former India coach Gary Kirsten when he took charge of the senior national team in 2008 and they forged a successful partnership until 2011.
Upton, since then, has been linked with various IPL teams and worked with Dravid at the Rajasthan Royals.
It’s understandable that Dravid approached Upton to be familiar with his working style which had done wonders for the Indian team for the past decade.
Upton, during the last IPL, was the ‘team catalyst’ for the Rajasthan Royals.
With India having a hectic route ahead of the T20 World Cup starting with Pakistan’s game in Melbourne on October 23, Dravid might have understood the need for a man, who is known to be a motivator and also help the players. to face the rigors of international cricket.
ICC silverware has eluded India since the 2013 Trophée des Champions and BCCI spare no effort to ensure the ‘Men In Blue’ claim victory in the global encounter.
In the last edition, BCCI had MS Dhoni as a “mentor” for the event, but with a tired team and a dated approach to T20s, the move did not yield the desired result.
Could be a game changer for Kohli
Some of the players Upton worked with during his Team India (between 2008 and 2011) are Virat Kohli, current skipper Rohit Sharma, senior spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Yuzvendra Chahal and Prasidh Krishna worked with Upton at Rajasthan Royals.
It is understood Upton could set up sessions with the team’s first hitter, Kohli, whose prolonged lean patch led to him being dropped from the shortest format.
“It’s great that someone like Paddy has joined the Indian team again. If you look at Virat’s stick, he doesn’t always look in bad shape and maybe it’s all in the And who better to clean the cobwebs than Paddy,” said a former Indian player, who worked with Upton.