Well, the Indian Cricket Team has had a roller-coaster kind of journey, especially during the last 6 months. A non-effective bowling resulted in their below par performance during the test series against Australia followed by a tri-series had left the millions of Indian Cricket supporters in a rather shocking state.
However, MS Dhoni led Team India facilitated a wonderful come back with a number of unbeaten performances in the World Cup where they eventually lost to Australia in the semi-finals. Even before that, there were many who were insisting that this is the high time that a new coach should be appointed so as to infuse new energy in the spirit of Team India as Team India could not do well after their impressive win in the champion’s trophy. Their defeat in the Asia cup is one such example.
Now the tenure of the Indian coach Duncan Fletcher is coming to an end after the World Cup, a hell lot of speculation is going on predicting many former cricketers taking charge as a new coach, ranging from Dravid, Kumble and many others.
However, since the BCCI is in the middle of the procedure of appointing a new coach, the possibilities of former Indian cricket team captain, Sourav Ganguly, taking the new role are seemingly high.
‘The Hindu’ is currently running a story wherein it has been apprehended that if all goes well Dada will be the new coach of Team India.
In this process, BCCI will invite applications and the candidates submit their presentations to a panel of players and officials who are likely to finalize this within a couple of week. Traditionally, the BCCI has been giving charge to foreign coach’s right from John Wright, followed by Greg Chappell, Gray Kirsten and Duncan Fletcher.
Although, Kirsten happened to be the most successful with a World Cup title in 2011, there are many who still give credit to John Wright who had built the foundation for the structure of the working closely with Sourav Ganguly.
As per the news item, it is learnt that Ganguly, now involved with the Cricket Association of Bengal, is not averse to accepting the responsibility though some Board officials are apprehensive of his aggressive style. A board’s official has stated to have said “Too strong likes and dislikes.”
It has been further clarified that the counter-argument is that Ganguly and Virat Kohli could make a hit pair since they share the habit of playing positively. In other words, they don’t believe in defensive tactics, and Ganguly, who took charge of the team in difficult times following the match-fixing scandal in 2000, is acknowledged as an astute reader of the game. It has been mentioned that a board official has stated, “He will be an asset.”
Also the Board is stated to follow the parameters like, a coach with ideal “man management skills”, strategic thinking, a meticulous approach and a vision to take the game forward with the ability to assess the team and utilise the bench strength optimally. The Board will not entertain anyone who comes with “attached baggage” and certainly not a coach with “strong likes and dislikes”.
In terms of the story, many names have sprung up at various times, from Ravi Shastri to Ganguly to former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming. If Fleming gets the nod, he would have to relinquish his association with Chennai Super Kings. Ganguly has no such encumbrances even though the current support staff of the Indian team, all handpicked by Shastri, is involved with different teams in IPL. The Board would like to retain Shastri as the Team Director since the team was reportedly happy with his presence in the dressing room, said a senior Board official.
It has been particularly mentioned that a lot, however, would depend on the offer that the Board makes to Shastri, who is willing to relinquish his media assignments. The president of the BCCI, Jagmohan Dalmia has said, “We shall take a decision in the next fortnight. We have not yet put our thoughts to it because we have to weigh all possible candidates. We will have a detailed discussion on the possibility of a coach from abroad. I am not against an Indian taking up the job. There are many factors that will be considered. It will be a collective decision aimed at boosting the interest of Indian cricket”.
It has been highlighted that “healthy atmosphere” with space to “groom and perform” will form the key words in the selection of a new coach.
On a personal note, I strongly believe that Ganguly might agree to take charge as he is the one of a very successful Indian captain with inbuilt aggression and having a rich experience. Also he has got a tremendous equation with the President of the BCCI Jagmohan Dalmia, and together they can spread the magic.