The Indian cricket team will soon get a new head coach. After nearly two years without a full time coach, the vacant position will finally be filled. But before we get to who will that be, what are things that are needed in a coach that the current set of players want.
In the advertisement for the coach’s job, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said the ability to communicate in an Indian language was desirable but not mandatory. Ever since the departure of Duncan Fletcher, under whom India suffered especially in overseas Tests, there has been a preference in the BCCI for a coach who knows and understands Indian culture and demands. Current captain MS Dhoni also wants the same. However, language is no more a barrier with the coach and the players.
“We do not face much problem with communication. With the players coming in these days, English I don’t think is a big barrier. There are also other players who take the initiative to help anybody in the team who does not understand,” Dhoni told reporters on the eve of the Indian team’s departure for a limited-overs series in Zimbabwe.
Currently, Sanjay Bangar, the head coach of the Kings XI Punjab in the IPL has been named as head coach on an interim basis just for the the three-ODI, three-T20I tour of Zimbabwe.
“What’s important is what the team requires. We need to select the best that is available. A number of international coaches have a problem with the amount of cricket that we play in a year keeping in mind the family commitments and other factors,” Dhoni said.
Sandeep Patil, presently, the chairman of selectors and former coach of Indian team during the 1996 World Cup and Ravi Shastri, whose contract as the team director ended with the 2016 World T20 where India made the semis, are the two Indians who are in the running for the post. Reportedly, Royal Challengers Bangalore coach and New Zealander Daniel Vettori has also been approached as he shares a good rapport with Test captain Virat Kohli.
“One of the most important thing I believe is he should understand our culture. More than the language, one who understands our upbringing and culture will be better with us. The coaches who have understood us in the past… we have seen the difference on the field.”
Dhoni had formed a formidable partnership with South African coach Gary Kirsten and the duo led India to the top of the World test rankings while also winning the 2011 50-over World Cup at home. New Zealander John Wright was also a successful coach for India.
Hindi is not important, the next coach must definitely have an understanding of Indian cultural mentality. We will find out who fits the bill in three weeks time.
With Reuters inputs
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