Girish Dongre - Another Indian in the Australian cricket set-up

Former India left-arm spinner S. Sriram is not the only Indian playing a key role for the visiting Australian cricket team.

Girish Dongre (C) has developed a special bonding with the Aussies as a Liaison officer.   -  V V SUBRAHMANYAM

Former India left-arm spinner S. Sriram is not the only Indian playing a key role for the visiting Australian cricket team.

Girish Dongre of Hyderabad, now on his sixth assignment as Liason Officer with different teams from ‘Down Under’, has developed a special bonding with the Aussies in the recent past.

“I’ve known him for a couple of years now but he is held in such high regard in both domestic and international cricket circles that he is incredibly well-known to many within Australian Cricket and therefore our relationship extends far beyond that due to those common bonds with past Australian players and officials,” Australian manager Gavin Dovey said about Dongre, a former coach of the Hyderabad under-19 cricket team.

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“We have the upmost respect, love and admiration for Girish. This may seem strong but I say that with great sincerity. His experience, skills, character, work ethic and relationships through cricket in India are things we appreciate enormously and benefit from incredibly,” the manager said.

“To be completely honest with you, I don’t know we would tour India without him as he looks very organised, composed at all times.”.

Australian team security manager Frank Dimasi says Girish is an outstanding LO, a humble character who goes beyond the call of duty and has the knack of getting things done in a timely and professional manner. Even Australian coach Graeme Hick is all praise for the Hyderabadi saying that he is hardworking, selfless, very organised and always sporting a smile when asked to do 101 trivial things a day.

Girish thanked the BCCI for giving him the opportunity to be with the Australian teams.