India Cricket Team Coach

The contenders as reported in the press: Greg Chappell, Tom Moody, Mohinder Amarnath, Sandeep Patil, Dean Jones.

Firstly, I think Indian coaches should be eliminated from contention. Sorry, but I think an Indian coach will succumb to too many pressures — zonal, political, personal etc. I don’t think Indian cricket has reached a stage where it can accommodate an Indian coach.

As for the phirangs, IMHO that top cricketers seldom make good coaches. If you agree with this, Greg Chappell is automatically eliminated. That leaves a choice between Tom Moody and Dean Jones. I think both of them are pretty good, but if I have to pick between the two I would prefer Tom Moody because he is an all rounder. It helps to be intimately familiar at a personal level, with all aspects of the game. In this respect I think an all rounder is best equipped.

I have a strange suspicion that someone other than those mentioned in the press will eventually be chosen. Anyway, it should be interesting to see who eventually makes it. A strong communicator and a good thinker who is not afraid of any consequences is the best choice.

Author: Pran Kurup

Pran Kurup is founder and CEO of Vitalect, Inc.

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