Evan Speechly joins Team India as Head Physiotherapist
Royal Challengers Bangalore physiotherapist Evan Speechly has joined Team India as Head Physiotherapist, replacing Nitin Patel in the team’s backroom setup under Duncan Fletcher. Speechly will continue working with RCB for IPL 5 in 2012.
The appointment of the South African, on a two year contract was made by the BCCI on October 29th but he joined the team only ahead of the third Test against the West Indies at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai which commenced on November 22nd.
Speechly will leave for Canberra on December 8th from Chennai for India's tour of Australia with the first batch of Indian players including Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha and Wriddhiman Saha.
Evan Speechly has a long record of working with international sportspersons, working at the Centre for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics in Johannesburg where Bangalore legend Javagal Srinath had his rotator cuff injury treated in 1997 and where Zaheer Khan had his shoulder operated upon by Dr. Mark Ferguson recently. He has worked for over 10 years with a number of sports teams, including the South African national football and rugby squads and the Transvaal cricket team.
He has worked closely with Zaheer through IPL 4 and will be crucial for team India in handling the pacer. Speaking to Hindustan Times during the 2011 CLT20, Speechly said “Zaheer’s ankle injury in my opinion was a big contributing factor to his hamstring going (in England). We at RCB were trying to get the rest of his body to work around his ankle, and in T20 cricket where he had to bowl four overs, we were able to manage him. But when he had to bowl 20 overs in a day (it was not possible).”
Speechly comes with a good recommendation from Andrew Leipus, team India’s physio between 1999 and 2004. “Evan’s strengths include his ability to establish rapport with sportsmen of every age group and his humble manner. Yet his wealth of skill demands respect from them at the same time,” Leipus said.