India vs Zimbabwe: Virat Kohli says Fletcher's knowledge has galvanized team

Appointed in April 2011, the Zimbabwean-born former all-rounder is an important member in Team India. In spite of a short international career, the 64-year-old coach is known for being a shrewd technician.

updated: July 24, 2013 18:20 IST
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Two men with Zimbabwean connections are part of the brains' trust in the Indian dressing room. Chief coach Duncan Fletcher and fielding coach Trevor Penney were both born in Zimbabwe and are now an integral part of the Indian team management. (Live Blog | Scorecard)

Fletcher is a former Zimbabwean all-rounder. A left-handed batsman, who bowled right-arm medium pacer, Fletcher played six ODIs, all in the 1983 World Cup. He scored 191 runs and took seven wickets. The 64-year-old has never played a Test match. Born in a family of farmers - this is common in Zimbabwean cricket - Fletcher was blessed with enormous cricket knowledge. He was England's first foreign coach and is credited with the resurgence of the Test squad in early 2000.

Appointed in April 2011, Fletcher now is an important member in Team India. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has supported him through ups and downs. And during this year's ICC Champions Trophy in the UK, Dhoni praised Fletcher's massive understanding of the game saying: "I don't have to worry about the technical issues in the team. I am free to handle the bonhomie inside the dressing room and plan for a match. It's great to have him (Fletcher) around."

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