London: Ian Bell believes Duncan Fletcher will be a "massive plus" for India in the upcoming Test series as he makes use of his time as England coach but insists this current team are a very different side from the one Fletcher coached for eight years.
Bell was one of a number of this England side to play under Fletcher who will have especially good knowledge of the batsmen, upon whom he really made his mark as a coach. Kevin Pietersen retains a very close friendship with Fletcher and the two have kept in contact in recent years especially when Pietersen has struggled for form.
"It's great for India, Duncan Fletcher knows English cricket very well and was very successful over here," Bell told ESPNcricinfo. "He knows Straussy well, he knows myself, he knows Kevin Pietersen. I'm sure we've changed as characters and matured since he's been away, but he'll have a good insight and there's no doubt that's a massive plus for India.