Former Australian great Dean Jones has said that India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli must have a say in the selection of the new India coach. The BCCI are mulling their options over appointment of a new coach after the end of 2015 World Cup which begins next month.
Current Indian coach Duncan Fletcher’s contract expires right after the World Cup and a couple of names are already rumoured to be the possible replacements.
In an exclusive chat to Indian Express, team director Ravi Shastri had expressed his desire to take a permanent role with the team post the World Cup. Former Aussie batsman Mike Hussey’s name was also mooted as a rumour, but the cricketer has ruled himself out of the running for the time being.
Professor Deano, as he is fondly called voiced his opinion that
“Virat Kohli is the Test skipper now and he will be the ODI and T20 captain in the time to come. So he must have someone he is comfortable with and together they must work for the betterment of Indian cricket. They need to come out of the mess their Test team is in, and a new aggressive captain with a new coach should help achieve that. And they have a lot of time on their hands, to pick a proper coach after the World Cup and the IPL. There is a good 3-4 months to settle down on some good choices.”
“Changing staff again and again isn’t a solution either and certainly not one that I recommend. But then has there been a difference in performance from England to Australia, particularly of the bowlers? They bowled short and wide in England and they have bowled short and wide in Australia. And India have lost both series despite playing some competitive cricket,” Deano added.
“What India need, and what the BCCI can afford, is a proper bowling coach. Someone needs to be talking to these young bowlers all the time, before and after the matches as well as during the breaks. Support staff can only do so much. A proper bowling coach, a big name, an ex-cricketer might be able to help these young bowlers better. They have the pace and the ability to swing the ball, they have the talent. They just don’t know to use it,” he ended.