Who will coach the Indian Cricket Team?

AniM By AniM, 26th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2jlkkynm/
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A dream combination of coaches and mentors for the Indian cricket team

The Dream Team

With all humility and tremulous hands I list below the support team that I personally dream of and drool over (it may not come true, but how I wish it would!!)
Wasim Akram – As the bowling consultant
Sachin Tendulkar – As the batting consultant
Sourav Ganguly – As the Performance Manager
Rahul Dravid – As the Team Mentor and Mental Conditioner
The Indian Triumvirate and the Pakistani Legend can form a lethal combination for a cricketing think tank. Add Anil Kumble as the Chief Coach and Jonty Rhodes as the fielding coach and you will have one of the most potent support staff amongst all international cricket teams! But there’s one nagging worry, what if the personalities clash rather than work together? The Indians are all ex-captains of the national team and stellar cricketers. Wasim and Jonty are legends in their own right and peerless in their disciplines. It has the capability to be the most dynamic mix or the most dynamite in the mix! Should the Indian Board be bold enough to try it? God knows, they can well afford in purely financial terms.
History suggests that moderate to good career cricketers have made better coaches and captains than the pure geniuses. Think Mike Brearly, John Wright, Gary Kirsten, Darren Lehmann, Duncan Fletcher, Andy Flower, Stephen Fleming, Steve Waugh, Sourav Ganguly, Allan Border, MS Dhoni and many more. Now think of the spectacular failures of the greats (as captains or coaches) – Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Muralitharan, Shane Warne, Rahul Dravid, Greg Chappell, Vivian Richards…this list can also be painfully long. So what works and what doesn’t?
I think, the problem is with having an exceptional God gifted talent is that it makes you take that talent or gift for granted and expect the same from others around you. This is impractical and impossible and makes you a not so great man-manager. The first list is made up of excellent man managers, who may not be the best performers of their group but they are capable of bringing out the best in their charges and deliver fantastic results time after time. The difference between performers and leaders, the difference between a Manmohan Singh and a Narendra Modi, the former is a talented performer and the latter a gifted leader.
Coming back to the point I started with, will this nuance of history affect the combination if it were ever to come true? Point is, I cannot be sure either way. That Wasim and Jonty are not the Bowling and Fielding coaches of their respective national teams says that there may be issues about great players not easily becoming great coaches. Reversely, Wasim coaches KKR with distinction and so does Jonty for MI. So can’t BCCI put them all together and give the young Indian team under Virat Kohli a unmatched support team? It’s like gifting a Diamond Solitaire necklace with the Koh-i-Noor as a pendant!! With Virat’s penchant for losing his temper, this array of cool headed galacticos (barring a Sourav Ganguly) would keep him under control and only playing his best cricket. Indian cricket well wishers would want their teams overseas performance to improve, and for that we need to have bowlers like Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh at their primes. The also rans that we have now probably cannot defend 800 runs and barring Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, cannot bat to save their lives. For far too long, the team has given international media all occasion to brand them as paper tigers, only roars at home and moans when out of the sub-continent. That has to change, there are no bowlers coming through the ranks who promises that change, so the support team has to work with and on them to make them consistent and make them better than what they are today.
The country and its love and fervor for Cricket deserve it.


Anil Kumble, Bcci, Cricket, Indian Cricket Coach, Jonty Rhodes, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Wasim Akram

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