Just a couple of days back, the former Indian wicketkeeper Farookh Engineer, who is one of the most regarded ex-players, had given a vital suggestion saying that Dilip Vengsarkar should be brought in along with Ravi Shastri to guide team India. Engineer also opined that Fletcher should be asked to leave. Reacting to this, the former attacking batsman from Mumbai has shown his willingness and has termed this opportunity as an honor for him.
He said, “It will be a great honour to be back to the dressing room with Ravi. I have enjoyed being a part of the Indian team as a player and also as the chairman of Talent Resource Development Wing (an initiative of the Board of Control for Cricket in India to spot local talent) and selection committee. Because Indian cricket made me what I am today.”
He added, “To be honest with you, I don’t know Duncan Fletcher at all. I have not even met him. But if you see his performance as a coach, he is extremely poor in Test cricket. We have not only lost, we have been thrashed in the recent past. From the number one position, we have gone down to number five. A foreign coach is not aware of the emerging players from the domestic circuit. He only knows the players he has in the team whereas India has many talented youngsters from the first-class circuit. Having an Indian coach will be an advantage. Ravi and others would know all the players well and can work accordingly.”
It is pertinent to add that Vengsarkar played a major role in India’s 1983 and 1986 ODI wins. We hope team India will be benefitted by him.