Shankar Basu
Virat Kohli with Shankar Basu (Sports Star Live)

Team India’s strength and conditioning coach, Shankar Basu, has quit and handed in his resignation to the BCCI. Basu, who is also the fitness trainer for the IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore, made the decision to quit shortly after the fifth India vs England Test at Chennai. Basu has been with the Indian team since 2015 and also worked with the likes of squash players Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa in the past.

It is understood according to some reports that the BCCI asked him to reconsider his decision. There were certain articles running around blaming him for the recent spate of injuries in the Indian team, and this might probably be the reason for this step. BCCI on their part partially accepted the claim but didn’t state it explicitly.

“No player complained about his methods. But a few did raise questions about the intensity and the program, which is normal, because for each player the routine is different. The team’s fitness has increased by leaps and bounds, and it is a huge shock that Basu resigned. We are still sitting over the letter,” BCCI sources told the Indian Express.

Team India’s next assignment is against England at home and they might have to play without a strength and conditioning coach. Coach Sudarshan, who was replaced by Basu in 2015, and is now with the National Cricket Academy, might be appointed as trainer if BCCI accepts the resignation.

Incidentally, Basu was given the position after taking over from Coach Sudarshan himself before their tour of Sri Lanka in 2015. Virat Kohli was supposedly a big fan of Basu, and his efforts are largely instrumental in making the Indian Test team captain the athlete he now is.