4 players from India's 2003 World Cup squad who are yet to be part of the backroom staff of an IPL franchise
For the fans of this generation, one of the earliest memories of the game is the 2003 World Cup. India had reached the finals but unfortunately lost in the final. All the players in the squad were popular and were part of one of the best eras of Team India. A few of them even played in IPL and then made their presence felt as a coach. In this article, we take a look at four players from India's 2003 World Cup squad who are yet to be part of the backroom staff of an IPL franchise.
Some of the players from that squad who are 'Head Coach' of an IPL franchise include Anil Kumble, Sanjay Bangar and Ashish Nehra. While the likes of Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Mohammed Kaif and Virender Sehwag have been part of an IPL team's coaching staff in the past, players such as Zaheer Khan and Ajit Agarkar are still associated with some teams. A few players, though, are yet to join the bandwagon. We take a look at those names in this article.
1) Javagal Srinath
Javagal Srinath was the lead pacer for India in that tournament. The player had been part of the Indian Team for long and the 2003 World Cup was the final big tournament for him. As usual, he was brilliant, but could not help India lift the trophy. Nevertheless, he is still serving the game by being a "Match Referee". He is still active in the profession and has been part of the 15-year-journey of IPL, so far.
2) Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh is one of the players from India's 2003 World Cup squad who are yet to be part of the backroom staff of an IPL franchise. He was one of the youngsters in that squad. Yuvi played IPL until recently but he is yet to join any team in the backroom staff. However, considering his expertise in this format, it will not be a surprise if that happens.
3) Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh is one of the highest wicket-takers in IPL. He recently quit the game and has joined politics. However, like Yuvi, it will not be a surprise if he joins an IPL franchise as a mentor or a coach. Despite being a traditional off-spinner, he picked a lot of wickets for his team. Hence, his knowledge will be highly valued.
4) Dinesh Mongia
Dinesh Mongia is also one of the players from India's 2003 World Cup squad who are yet to be part of the backroom staff of an IPL franchise. Mongia is one of the players who could not cement their popularity despite playing for India in that tournament. He has also joined politics and has worked as coach of Arunachal Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy.