World Cup-winning bowling coach Eric Simons is looking forward to the prospect of working alongside newly-appointed Indian coach Duncan Fletcher.
On Wednesday the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the decision to appoint Fletcher as a replacement for Gary Kirsten, who stepped down after a triumphant tenure recently, with Simons earning himself a new deal in his role of bowling coach.
While Simons is excited about working alongside the 62-year-old, he is under no illusions as to the massive job faced by Fletcher in maintaining the high standards set by his predecessor.
“I have never worked with Duncan, so I am looking forward to working with him,” said Simons.
“I am sure he will bring in some fresh ideas to the team like he did during his English stint. But I think coaching the No.1 team in the world will be a real challenge for Fletcher.”
The 49-year-old South African, first appointed Indian bowling coach in January 2010, said of his own recent contract extension: “I had agreed in principle to continue as the bowling coach. Now that they have agreed to give me an extension, I have to sit down with them and discuss the nature of the contract and the tenure.
“These are exciting and tough times for me. The last one year has been great and now the job has become tougher. The challenge will be to keep the team on top. The expectations are always high from World champions and living up to them will be a challenge for this Indian team.”
With former England coach Fletcher involved elsewhere with prior commitments, Simons will lead the side as interim coach for India’s tour to the West Indies, starting in June. Cricket365