Indian team management will avail the service CKM Dhananjai available as they want to travel with the ‘best support staff and technology support possible’ in the upcoming tough tours that features tours to South Africa, England, and Australia.
Dhananjai will replace former analyst Ashish Tulli and will travel to South Africa with the Indian team as they have made a last minute change in their decision.
Dhananjai was the team analyst when India came victorious in the World T20 in 2007, the World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2013. He was also with the team when India reached the No. 1 Test ranking in 2009. He has also been the analyst of the franchise-based team Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL), a role he will now have to give up as part of BCCI regulations to avoid conflict of interest.
Dhananjai serves as a vice president of SportsMechanics, a technology and analytics company set up by S Ramakrishnan, the first analyst India has ever produced. SportsMechanics provide technical support to many of the sports teams including Mumbai Indians.
Tulli was roped in by the Indian team when Anurag Thakur was serving as the Board of control for Cricket (BCCI) President. He was formerly with the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association. Despite Tulli coming in, India retained the back-end support of SportsMechanics. In 2016, India cut ties with Sports Mechanics and moved to Agaram InfoTech Pvt. Ltd., who were technology partners of Chennai Super Kings among other teams.
Once again, on the insistence of the team management, India has re-established their ties with Dhananjai and SportsMechanics.