The Little Master, Sachin Tendulkar, recently said that the nationality of coach shouldn’t be a matter of concern for any team or nation. Tendulkar said that the nationality of a coach should not be considered as long as the coach is doing a fantastic job. Tendulkar himself was a vital cog for Team India when the men in blue were coached by foreigners such as John Wright, Greg Chappell, Gary Kirsten and Duncan Fletcher. As a matter of fact, India’s most successful coach has been Gary Kirsten, a South African himself.
“I believe that a coach should be a capable coach and it doesn’t matter whether he is a foreign coach or an Indian coach. The coach is one who keeps the team in a good space mentally and also conducts the practice sessions well,” said Tendulkar, when quizzed about having only an Indian coach for the men in blue.
Tendulkar further went on to share his own experiences about the different coaches he has played under. “From my experience I can say that a good coach is one who can treat you as a friend, who can be a guide for the team. He should be someone who can always come to your help when you have a problem whether, with batting or bowling or something else, you should feel comfortable to go and discuss it with him. I like those type of coaches,” Tendulkar said.
Tendulkar’s views come at the right point of time, as India desperately need a proper coach and not just a team director. The presence of a fully competent coach is always a sign of positivity for the side, as the coach can not only motivate individuals, but also iron about the technical flaws.