Fifty-year old Tushar Arothe has been appointed as the coach of the Indian cricket team. Arothe is a former Baroda cricketer who played 114 first-class and 51 ‘list a’ matches. He was a fine domestic all-rounder who made over 6,000 runs and took over 200 wickets in first-class cricket. The Indian team will be next involved in the World Cup in the United Kingdom in two months time.

Arothe, who previously had a stint as the India women fielding coach and head coach between 2008 and 2012, has replaced former skipper Purnima Rau. The 50-year-old has been appointed till the World Cup to begin with.

“The call came from the BCCI asking if I’d be keen. An opportunity to coach the national team is something I didn’t want to miss,” Arothe was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. Also check-KL Rahul unlikely to recover, set to miss Champions Trophy

“I’ve had prior experience of coaching the women’s team, so familiarity, at least with the seniors, won’t be an issue,” he added. Arothe further said that the biggest challenge for him would be to get the team conditioned for the World Cup. The Barodian believes the Indian team don’t lack in batting and bowling but fielding and fitness is one area where they have work on.

“From the time I left till now, there are a lot of young players who have come through. The biggest challenge will be to get the team conditioned for the World Cup. We don’t lack in batting and bowling, but fielding and fitness is an area that we lag in comparison with some of the other big sides. That will be the prime focus at the camp in Mumbai,” he said. (with wires inputs)