Cricket coaches are literally crawling out of a woodwork. The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s call for applications for a post of Indian group manager has captivated no reduction than 57 aspirants. Everyone, from former India captains to legends to selectors to small players has thrown his shawl into a ring in a wish of raking in mega bucks and basking in a limelight for a subsequent integrate of years.
Some margin have not coached any team, not even their state or youth sides. But they wish that a Board will disremember this curiosity while identifying a best male for a job.
The intriguing doubt is: who is a best man?
Great cricketers do not indispensably turn good coaches. On a discordant they could be a liability.
For instance, Sachin Tendulkar is on record that he was unhappy with Kapil Dev as coach. “During my second army as captain, Kapil Dev was a manager and we had high expectations of him in Australia,” Tendulkar wrote in his autobiography. “He was one of a excellent cricketers to have played for India and one of a best all-rounders of all time,
“I have always confirmed that a coach’s pursuit is an critical one, for he is in a position to play a pivotal purpose in formulating group strategy. Who improved than Kapil to come adult with options for me during a tough debate of Australia?
“However, his routine of impasse and his suspicion routine was singular to withdrawal a using of a group to a captain, and hence he did not engage himself in vital discussions that would assistance us on a field.”
This beating with good cricketers in not cramped to India alone. West Indies’ means all rounder Franklyn Stephenson concurred Curtly Ambrose as one of a biggest quick bowlers of all time. But he also reckoned he was “the misfortune cricket manager ever.”
One speculation as to because good cricketers don’t make good coaches is that they come to a pursuit with hulk egos and this does not go down good with stream players. For a latter, self-respect and self certainty are peerless to success and they need a manager who will siphon them up. However ex-greats onslaught to get down to doing this and hence destroy a particular and a team.
India had identical issues with Greg Chappell as coach. Nobody doubted his mass as a actor or even as an shrewd thinker of a game. But he unsuccessful to lift a group and get it to see his indicate of view.
Later, most later, his quarrel of carrying a outrageous pool of haven players was appreciated. But by afterwards it was too late. He had burnt his bridges with pivotal players and that cost a group plenty.
On a other hand, some of a best general coaches have been normal cricketers or really low-key personnel.
The best examples are Zimbabwe’s Duncan Fletcher and Andy Flower, Bob Woolmer, Australian John Buchanan and South African Gary Kirsten.
Buchanan, a non-Test cricketer, had played only 7 initial category matches for a bad batting normal of 12.3 and as manager had his share of regard and criticism.
Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting who were during a helm when Australia won 15 and a record 16 Tests on a run respectively, showered him with regard and pronounced that he was an constituent means for a superb success of a good Australian teams of a late 1990s and 2000s. But Shane Warne rubbished his coaching, observant that he had a knack “to mystify elementary things”.
Warne believed that Buchanan’s reign coincided with Australia carrying a good set of cricketers and his coaching had zero to do with a success.
Zimbabwean ex-cricketers Duncan Fletcher and Andy Flower met with strange success as England coaches. Fletcher hereditary a terrible English group and was theme to extreme critique from a media who could not digest a Zimbabwean coaching a England inhabitant team.
Fletcher, who coached England and after India, stayed divided from a media, frequency gave any interviews and sensitively went about plotting victories for his team.
In 2005 he became a initial England manager in 18 years to win a Ashes and a beholden nation was so anxious that they bestowed a OBE and British citizenship on him!
Later, as low pivotal manager of a Indian group he strategized brilliantly and won 8 array in a row. In fact he had been endorsed by effusive manager Kirsten who himself had stayed in a credentials even as he worked tough to assistance a group grasp success.
Fletcher’s countryman Flower too did a illusory pursuit with England, piloting them to dual Ashes wins (at home and in Australia) and a 2010 ICC T20 World championship victory. Flower, of course, had been an superb batsman during a general level, though stayed low pivotal while coaching England.
One normal Test cricketer who put record to good use while strategizing for South Africa was Bob Woolmer. He brought in a series of innovations to coaching that are now customary fare.
Thus even as a BCCI wades by a 57 applications one essential fact becomes apparent: Greatness in one margin is no pledge for success in another. There could be exceptions to a rule. But that stays to be seen.