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Duncan Fletcher named India coach

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April 27, 2011

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Duncan Fletcher speaks to the press, Johannesburg, January 14, 2011
Duncan Fletcher takes over from Gary Kirsten © Getty Images

Duncan Fletcher, the former England coach and Zimbabwe captain, has been appointed India's coach, ending weeks of speculation over who would succeed Gary Kirsten. The BCCI announced the decision to give Fletcher a two-year contract after a Working Committee meeting in Mumbai on Wednesday. Eric Simons' tenure as the team's bowling coach was also extended.

Fletcher, though, is unlikely to join India for the tour of the West Indies in June. "The contract with Fletcher is for two years," N Srinivasan, the BCCI secretary, said. "He may not join the team in the West Indies as he has some prior commitments.

"After a lot of thought and consultation, the BCCI president and BCCI secretary placed Fletcher's name before the Working Committee, which the Committee ratified," Rajiv Shukla, the BCCI vice-president, said, adding that the terms and conditions of Fletcher's appointment would be the same as that of Kirsten's.

It has been reliably learnt that Kirsten played an important hand in recommending Fletcher for the job. Also the board consulted some of the senior India players, including captain MS Dhoni, before finalising Fletcher's appointment.

Fletcher, 62, was in charge of England when they beat Australia in 2005 to regain the Ashes for the first time since 1986-87, and was credited with turning around England's fortunes in Tests during his eight-year stint, first with Nasser Hussain and then with Michael Vaughan.

He was England's first foreign coach and took over in 1999. He oversaw Test series wins in Sri Lanka and Pakistan, though Australia thrashed England 4-1 in the Ashes in 2001. Later, with Vaughan, he helped England win their first Test series in South Africa post apartheid and the pair played a critical role in moulding a team that was to win the Ashes in 2005.

England won 42 and lost 30 Tests with Fletcher in charge but their ODI form wasn't as good - winning 75 and losing 82. His tenure reached its lowest ebb during a 0-5 Ashes drubbing in Australia in 2006-07 and a disappointing World Cup campaign, after which he stepped down. One of Fletcher's problems during his England reign was a tetchy relationship with the media, something which Vaughan felt could be a hindrance in his India job as well. "Duncan will work well with all the talent," Vaughan said on Twitter. "His biggest challenge will come from the media ... he has never really understood how it works."

After giving up the England job, Fletcher took up several short-term international assignments. He joined South Africa as a batting consultant in 2008, a role he returned to for the 2011 World Cup, and was in a similar position with New Zealand on their tour of India last year.

England were officially ranked the worst Test team when he took over as their coach, and he will now take charge of a team that won the World Cup earlier this month and is currently top of the Test rankings.

One of the first coaching jobs Fletcher took up was at the University of Cape Town, where Kirsten was part of the team. The pair once again were together at Western Province.

In 1994, Fletcher applied for his first high-profile job - the head coach of South Africa. He was one of the three candidates interviewed. His competitors were Eddie Barlow and Bob Woolmer. Eventually the three-man panel comprising Peter Pollock, Raymond White and Ali Bacher agreed on Woolmer, who stayed in the job till 1999. Fletcher, meanwhile, operated as South Africa A coach for a while before taking up the England assignment.

According to Bacher, Fletcher's style of coaching draws a lot from his playing days."Hardworking, disciplined, very professionally driven and played to his utmost potential even if he was not blessed with extraordinary talent," Bacher said. "He brings the same characteristics to his coaching."

Fletcher has also been known to work on an individual basis with Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis.

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Posted by Hindh on (April 30, 2011, 2:11 GMT)

@kiwirocker People like u can whine for the next four years but India are the champs. About the coach , according to me he is more of a mentor than a coach. If u have a captain like dhoni and a player like Sachin in the team all u need is a mentor.

Posted by Hindh on (April 30, 2011, 2:06 GMT)

@kiwirocker Indian pitches are the most difficult pitches for a bowler . So as Indian bowlers have won the WC on such pitches , they will in fact get more assistance from pitches in Aus and Nz.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (April 29, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

cric_fanatics - Relax buddy. Its just a game. Just a correction, Pakistan has beaten more India in India's test history and same applies for ODI's. 1992 world cup format was the best and everyone knows that. Hindh88- Anyone can won world cup on dodgy 65 grounds- dodgy DRS and with unbiased backing from ICC. It is the respect that matters. Indian bowling might work on Indian pitches but next world cup is in my backyard, New Zealand. Trust me, current Indian bowling including an average Zahreer khan( 30+ average with ball) will not stand a chance. Accordingly, India needed a coach who could develop their bowling and Duncan is a wrong choice. Time will prove!

Posted by   on (April 29, 2011, 7:08 GMT)

man indian ppl r so confusing. when kirsten was appointed many ppl had negative reactions. let we ppl c his performance 1st then run our big mouth. one thing i like about dhonis captaincy was he doesnt think abt fans. he said in a post match presentation in a wc against sa 'we dont play 4 these ppl we play 4 team india. similarly if fletcher ignore the talks of ppl and media and if he coaches well he ll succeed as he s experienced.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2011, 5:52 GMT)

choosing a coach should be more democratic, the least BCCI could do is to display the options that they have along with the stats to the public so that the people can know what prevailed BCCI in making what ever decision they made.

Posted by Hindh on (April 29, 2011, 5:23 GMT)

Regarding iNdian bowling. We dont care whether it is a good unit or bad unit now as they have won the WC with this same bowling unit. what have SA, pak ,aus have done in the WC inspite of having "better" bowling than india. India from 2008 have won CB series in aus , Asia cup and WC with this same bowling so who cares whether it is is bad or good?.

Posted by Hindh on (April 29, 2011, 4:09 GMT)

Kiwirocker did not have anything to comment bad against India coz India were beating one team after the other in the WC and India also won the WC. so now he comes along and tries to say some silly thing on coach selection and has made a fool of himself. P.S. - India won the WC 2011 with this so called bad bowling attack.

Posted by cric_fanatics on (April 29, 2011, 2:19 GMT)

@Andyzaltzmanshair...i would rather pray for guys who fold out for 70 odd on every given opportunity....

Posted by cric_fanatics on (April 29, 2011, 2:14 GMT)

@Andyzaltzmanshair...Maybe you watch a different game..India Knocked auss out of WC..not pak..Pak were pathetic against india...@kiwirocker..first achieve what india has done..pak got lucky in 92 because of d/l..else they have nothing to good as bangladesh..

Posted by Harshtmm on (April 28, 2011, 19:29 GMT)

what a tragedy for Indian Cricket.

Posted by puntertakeson on (April 28, 2011, 18:36 GMT)

Come on ! we should have better coach than him.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 18:33 GMT)

I believe that Stephen Fleming would have been a better choice since he is very similar to Gary Kirsten in many aspects...Moreover he has a successful pairing with Dhoni coaching for CSK...Fletcher seems a bit too old both in age and style of working...Still I wish him all the best to carry Kirsten's good work forward

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 14:09 GMT)

Steve waugh is the best option for india coach coz successful captain and he win two world cups during his captancy.

Mohammed Azharuddin is the second best option for india coach

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 14:07 GMT)

I am expecting 3 things from Duncan...1.Developing Pace Attack 2.Found new All Rounders and Develop reserve bench strength for test cricket.. 3.Improving the technique against Short Pitch Ball stuff.. Good Luck..

Posted by indiaforcup on (April 28, 2011, 13:47 GMT)

Right now it doesn't look like there is a deserving candidate from India for the coach role. It is a good point mentioned about Robin Singh and Venkatesh Prasad, but being a support staff and being the main coach of a national team is totally different. This brings in the idea of having them as an understudy to Fletcher and groom them for the future. When young cricketers can be groomed to become a good future cricketer, then why not a coach. This idea should be considered seriously as Duncan Fletcher is old and he is contracted for just a couple of years. By the end of the couple of years, India would again go on a Coach hunt. The only solution would be to groom one of the relatively younger coaching candidates from India and then after these two years appoint him as a long term coach of India.

Posted by sameer997 on (April 28, 2011, 13:31 GMT)

This is a veryyyyyy riskyyyyyyyy decision.... It could either destroy the team or strengtin it. It wont remain constant.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 12:45 GMT)

@takenaback...'insecurities' ?? Is that the new term that comes out when a team beats you ? And, 'that crap' also exists in other countries....unless one's head is truly buried in sand !!

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 11:58 GMT)

Best of Luck Fletch. Indian supporters, fear not, your team is in good hands. Duncan is a true professional in all senses of the word, and has the ability to bring out the best in any team.

Besides, Aussies aside, who have been among the best coaches in world cricket in recent times??? Quite simple. Three Southern Africans!! Duncan coached England to their first Ashes series victory in nearly 20 years (in 2005). Andy Flower coached England to TWO Ashes series victories. Gary Kirsten coached India to the number 1 ranking in Test cricket, followed by the ultimate crown - the World Cup - just a few short weeks ago.

These Southern Africans sure do have something special when it comes to international cricket coaches.

Two Zimbabwean-born guys (remember, Fletch has lived in SA for many years now) - and a South African. The only pity is that none of them have led their native countries to World Cup glory. Hopefully Gary K takes the SA job, and all that changes!!!

Posted by bnghosh50 on (April 28, 2011, 11:47 GMT)

i think its better to wait and see how duncan can manage with media and player...hopefully it will not be another greg chapter........

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 11:21 GMT)

That foto if his itself scares me. Looks too old. Duncan fletcher is from the old school of thought like Greg chappel and Bob woolmer, where they beleive in the actual 'coaching'. The players at this level need not be coached all they need is little bit of guidance.

Posted by hattrick_thug on (April 28, 2011, 11:01 GMT)

If Fletcher can stay out of the affairs of Tendulkar, Sehwag, Dravid, and VVS, and can delegate the media-interfacing to someone more appropriate, he can do a lot to fix the weaknesses of the upcoming generation - Raina, Yuvraj, Yusuf, Pujara, etc. can gain a lot from him. In other words, he should perform purely the role of coach. While Kirsten and Wright instilled belief in the previous generation, the new generation already has this belief, though they are patchy in terms of work ethic, which can be worked on. The bowling, however, is still a concern, and the bench seems a little threadbare, and it's not coaching that help here. The NCA and the development environment has to take on this responsibility.

Posted by sahil_cricrazy on (April 28, 2011, 10:57 GMT)

Dav Whatmore was the best choice......He can turn ordinary teams into great teams.......But his stint with KKR won't work coz whenever these over acting people like Shahrukh Shilpa do their rubbish acts with these teams they'll lose......take the case of Rajashthan,they won the 1st edition and then came shilpa shetty and all got ruined thereafter.So.......Dav's the best option

Posted by gaithersburgman on (April 28, 2011, 10:46 GMT)

I predict that Duncan Fletcher will not last his full 2-year contract and neither will Gary Kristen in SA. Gary Kristen's relationship with the Indian players was like a marriage made in heaven. They will both miss each other so much, that they would want to be back together. More so for Gary Kristen. Besides a professional tie between the two, there was an entirely unspoken emotional tie and trust between MS Dhoni and Gary, that permeated throughout the whole team. It will be the little things that Gary did, that will be missed. Mr. Fletcher will have a steep climb to earn the trust of the likes of Ishant, who Gary helped to develop self belief.

Posted by vinchester on (April 28, 2011, 10:08 GMT)

I suppose Dunk got the post thru Gary's recommendation to BCCI as the former had coached the latter, but is Fletch physically fit to work as tirelessly as Gary? Remember Gary is to throw balls continuously day in & day out at the batters. And the fourth estate in India will get at anybody if things go wrong, so can Fletch face them as he has a poor record with the press,. And guys like Bhajji, Zaheer, Yuvi need very careful handling to get the best out of them; Well time only will tell.

Posted by Prayathna on (April 28, 2011, 10:07 GMT)

Duncan has two objectives, place the perfect seemers and make the bowling division the best one and selecting the perfect players from the bench and give them a chance to explore.

Posted by abeismail on (April 28, 2011, 9:58 GMT)

This is a bad decision.A local coach should be involved.Fletcher is a strict disciplinarian and some Indian players are a bit too big for their boots.Lets see Fletcher try disciplining them!

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 9:36 GMT)

Duncan Fletcher named India coach

Posted by Jaggadaaku on (April 28, 2011, 9:12 GMT)


Posted by takenaback on (April 28, 2011, 8:56 GMT)

Poor bastard! Imagine that crap he will have to put up with, the insecurities and sensitivities. I have no idea why they can't find somebody suitable considering they are one of the most populous nations on earth. I guess they wouldn't have a foreign scapegoat then.

Posted by sweetspot on (April 28, 2011, 8:13 GMT)

@Nerk - What a joke! Ranking is ranking, and India are undeniably #1 in Tests and almost there in ODIs. Why can't India's supporters be cocky? Tennis has had so many #1s without that player winning a specific tournament. Nobody complains. Is it some kind of rule that the #1 team should win against all in all conditions? In today's world, that sort of dominance may never come about. At the moment, India are definitely the powerhouse, and we can certainly flash it, with all our flaws in rampant colours!

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 7:55 GMT)

dis is not fair someone else has given a chance..

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 7:33 GMT)

i dont think age matters here.. i mean im sure BCCI raised many eyebrows when gary was appointed as the head coach since tht time he had no coaching experience. only his methodical revival of skills indian team had been trying to find and sustain made the difference. As far as i see.. an extremely hard working, tough and low profile person like fletcher can be an able replacement to gary. Also gary was under fletcher's coaching for a good lot of sure kirsten used the ideology of fletcher duing his tenure as well..well ofcourse will more innovations added to it. So i think it looks tricky but i see a promising future if the RAPPORT works well as it did with kirsten and the sure this can be the true beginning of India's dominance in all formats.

ps: they are dominant yes.. still have to prove themselves more consistantly than they are doing right now. Im sure the they have started tht journey..its just the matter of sustaining..

Posted by sanjeevmukherjee2006 on (April 28, 2011, 7:03 GMT)

@KiwiRocker, well here you are, good to see u back after u went missing after the WC! you are saying that India were lucky that we won tests and WC because it was held in India, well the fact of the matter is India defeated three tough teams in WC..Aus, Pak and SL and well we also drew test series in SA recently..Apart from England And Aus no one has beaten them in test series so it was a good result that series in SA was 1-1..and sachin is selfish are you insane!! sachin has scored 99 centuries in Tests + odi tell me how many have done worry about your pakistan team

Posted by kewlkanna on (April 28, 2011, 6:42 GMT)

He will do good, I am sure. He and Gary have many similarities, both are very humble and yeah both don't like that MEDIA GLARE. This will work in India. John Wright too was successful and had the same similarities.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (April 28, 2011, 6:08 GMT)

@cric_fanatics: Looking at the way India performed away from home in South Africa recently, if I was you I'd start praying that you get world class batsmen once Tendulkar, Dravid and VVS retire. Because the Indian youngsters will regularly get bounced out for under 100 with the current way they're being taught in the IPL. Also 10-0 to Australia, that may well be so, but only Pakistan could come back from such a drubbing so quickly and knock the Aussies out the WC and now hold a 4-0 record against them in all competitions, and counting. That's Pakistan in a nutshell, get knocked down, but come back and knock others out.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (April 28, 2011, 6:06 GMT)

Flemming has no critria for coaching- Wasim Akram can be a good bowling coach but never a complete coach. Doubt if he wud take job. No one can/should compare Duncan to Woolmer...Bob Woolmer was a legend. He did things that others are following. I also do not understand why is Gary Kirsten Hyped? What exactly did he achieve? India had a lot of home test matches, aged experienced playrs, A home world cup.They still have to prove themselves overseas. CricFanatics: Did you see first test between India and SA in SA? It was painful watching Indian overhyped batsmen trying to play a good SA( not scary) bowling attack. Indian bowling is one of worse in the world and batsmen can not play fast bowlers- remember Dale Steyn and Riaz in WC? West Indies ruled world with their bowling, Pakistan was same in 80's and Australia did same in 90's.India needs coach familiar with culture and politics. Look at What Waqar Younis has done to Pakistan! Parsad,Dav Whatmore etc could have been excellent choices..

Posted by Aussasinator on (April 28, 2011, 5:38 GMT)

Should be of help for India to beat the Aussies at home later in the year! He really gets under the skin of the Aussies and they are half weakened the moment they see his face.

Posted by cric_fanatics on (April 28, 2011, 4:24 GMT)

@mafiasam.... kiwirocker is pakistani....once he went missing for 3 months when auss beat pakistan 10-0...

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 3:08 GMT)

@Nerk, India did beat south africa in a test series. In nov-dec of 2004 2 match test series, reesult 1-0 to india....

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 3:00 GMT)

we will have to win a test series in Aus and then only the utility of Duncan fletcher will be out any way best of luck duncan!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 2:29 GMT)

Next India Coach... Not really sold on this one yet... Will the Old mindset & the youth of India gel or clash? Hmmmmmmmmm !!!!

Posted by kartik6192 on (April 28, 2011, 2:18 GMT)

Anil kumble wanted prasad as the Coach of India. I see no reason why he couldn't be a perfect replacement for Kirsten. Shares the same qualities of giving the players the required 'space' which is very important in a country filled with a billion expectations. The selection of Duncan Fletcher mystifies me.He was sacked by the ECB as England had a 5-0 whitewash and an even worse 2007 World Cup.A person with the age of 62 can't possibly have any new innovative ideas. And now the world's richest cricket board the BCCI decides not to hire Stephen Fleming(the current coach of CSK)as he lacks international experience.Gary Kirsten was made the Coach of India with a far less coaching experience. Why Duncan Fletcher was the made the coach of India can only remind me of Greg Chappel's tenure....

Posted by Nerk on (April 28, 2011, 0:29 GMT)

@ Ravi - complacent much? India may be ranked number one, but until it wins a test series IN Australia and manages to actually beat South Africa in a test series, I don't think India and its supporters can afford to be cocky. As for Fletcher, only time will tell. There is no doubt he is a good coach, but can he and India build the rapport India had with Kirsten? It will interesting to find out.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 0:25 GMT)

Duncan is a not a gud pick as hez tooooo old 2 lead such a professional,talented n No.1 Team like Team India that 2 he had gived 2years contract..... rather i would have picked much younger coach like Stephen Fleming r Justin Langer coz its a very toughest job in world cricket 2 lead Men In Blue. Lets c how he performs time wll tell coz he wil have tough assignments ahead his 1st one will b WI tour ............huhh Al Da Best Duncan

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (April 28, 2011, 0:05 GMT)

We cannot decide if the decision is correct or not. BCCI, Indian captain and other senior players know more than anyone in choosing coach.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 0:05 GMT)

Basically does not need to do anything special except filling the chair.. India is at the top in all formats...

Posted by mightymf2000 on (April 27, 2011, 23:52 GMT)

Lets see if he uses sub fielders with India like he did in the 2005 Ashes

Posted by Cam_PT on (April 27, 2011, 22:53 GMT)

The only way is down from here.

Posted by Visionaryuser on (April 27, 2011, 22:27 GMT)

Duncan fletcher was coach of England for exactly 100 Test matches, they won 43, lost 32, and drew 25. Not a bad record considering Englands dismal record before he became coach.( In the 100 matches before we was coach the won just 23). Fletcher forged strong relationships with both Nasser Hussain and Michael Vaughan, and these two men speak extremely highly of him. Vaughan and Hussain have an excellent knowledge of the game and I'd trust there judgement a little more than the most people who have written him off before even giving him a chance.

Posted by arunrajaram on (April 27, 2011, 22:22 GMT)

Surprising and Interesting, not because fletcher was selected, but it came out so quickly. I can see mixed reactions from the fans. I'm certainly happy with the appointment. Though some of them feel he is too old and will not gel well with youngsters, I feel he is the right man. I remember the same kind of reactions came from all corners when Gary was appointed as a coach. I think we have to move on and try to build the future. One thing for sure is that our bowling will become much better & youngsters will be groomed. Welcome Duncan and my best wishes to you & Team India.

Posted by nakihunter on (April 27, 2011, 21:56 GMT)

I thought Whatmore would get the job as he has already worked with the Indian youth at the academy. He has the track record of lifting up the performances of a young Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

I hope Fletcher can get similar results with our fast bowlers that he got with the English team in 2005. I am sure the fielding will also be a major focus for him. Good luck.

Posted by nmaniar on (April 27, 2011, 21:27 GMT)

No doubt duncan is a good coach .. and have done wonders with england bowling especially. But my major concern is, that most of players in Indian team are pretty young and they were able to get comfortable with Kirsten who is quite young as well. This could be an issue, young indian players might not get along with him because of the age difference

Posted by lakshya1 on (April 27, 2011, 20:34 GMT)

I think it is not a bad decision. Gary was a fantastic coach but it is a history now and one has to move on. A lot of our senior players are going to retire (dravid, tendulkar, laxman) soon and therefore we need an experienced campaigner who can work with youngsters when seniors will not be around. we need someone who can help youngsters on their technique. May be raina, vijay,yuvraj, rohit, even gambhir at times struggle against short pitch bowling and probably will learn a lot under fletcher's experience. Moreover, we have lots of foreign tours (to england and Aus) this year so his experience will be a help. Coaching is not only about being friendly to players, getting to know them, being in the background and away from media, being low profile, hard working in nets and so on...but also about helping the players in terms of their technical aspects and refining their approach to the game, adding a new dimension. This is where fletcher can help in absence of our seniors.Bestof luck

Posted by rko_rules on (April 27, 2011, 20:30 GMT)

Stephen Fleming was the best choice. He and Dhoni has very good understanding between them even playing for CSK. Even Shane Warne would have been very good choice.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 19:57 GMT)

It's the most surprising selection by the BCCI......with what Gary has done to team India the expectation is high for any coach and i doubt that Duncan Fletcher could live upto the expectation of the Indian fans as he has poor exprience with coaching instinct with England and the lowly rated Zimbabwe teams. But if the Board has decided so all I could say is Duncan Boy Bessssssssssssst of Luckkkkkkkk!

Posted by arun25 on (April 27, 2011, 19:50 GMT)

My god he's 62 years old.. He's too old to survive the hype ,pressure,expectations generated by the Indian crowd and media.. Lets see how far he goes!!!!!

Posted by mafiasam on (April 27, 2011, 19:48 GMT)

There are a lot of negative comments about DF's appointments. But I personally think, that we fans can be wrong in our judgments as well, coz as memory recalls, majority people were happy with Chappal's appointment and we all know what he brought to team India. Maybe DF can prove us fans wrong too. Good Luck MSD and the Indian team, stay on top and make us proud. we have the talent to stay on top irrespective of who the coach is, not undermining their efforts in future.

Posted by mafiasam on (April 27, 2011, 19:45 GMT)

@kiwirocker.. Why don't u worry about your average Kiwi players and no future talent!! BCCI is much smarter than you in analyzing what Indian cricket team wants.You can give your advice to your team so they start beating Bangladesh atleast.

Posted by sunnymachoo on (April 27, 2011, 19:20 GMT)

Looks like majority have not liked this decision! Lets see how it turns out in the due course of time.

Posted by gouthamkotera on (April 27, 2011, 19:14 GMT)

going by the recent history of coaches for India, Gaikwad not good, John wright good, Greg Chappel horrible, Gary Kirsten Excellent, could Duncan Fletcher beat Greg Chappel in adding a superlative for the worst?

Posted by ManasRath on (April 27, 2011, 18:21 GMT)

For any kind of decision, in India there is a series of frequent negative comments. Very recently such a comment came during the finalization of CWC-2011 squad. Selection of a coach is final. Let us see. Only thing we expect from this coach is not to come to the media for any kind of interaction/decision/credit. Good luck MSD

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

Shane Warne or Fleming or Sourav Ganguly wud have been my obvious choice.

Posted by cric_fanatics on (April 27, 2011, 18:14 GMT) bad as india will will never get bashed 10-0 by any side on atour...and its batsmen will not fold out for 70 odd regularly...cheers

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 18:02 GMT)


Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 17:59 GMT)

New Indian cricket coach........................................

Posted by naughtysaurabh on (April 27, 2011, 17:58 GMT)

Foolish decision by BCCI. Fletcher had played only 6 one day international and had never played a test match. I will not be surprised if BCCI appoint Nimibia former captain as indian team coach after two years.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 17:39 GMT)

This certainly seems a step in the backward direction... With due respect to what DF has done in the past, I reckon at 62, he is well past his prime... India needed some one with fresh ideas to continue the good work done by Gary & Co... And not sure, if Dhoni has been taken into confidence while this decision was made...

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 17:36 GMT)


Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 17:22 GMT)

Surprise decision !! I am not sure if it works, and I hope it does not throw out negative impacts. Of course with someone as cool and talented as MS, things cannot go worse (like what happened when we had Greg). But definitely, the team bonding will not be same as what it was with Gary. May be there is some other "hidden" logic behind this decision ?? we need to wait and see. All the Best Team India and Duncan !!

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 16:58 GMT)

I may look funny to you all but the fact is India do not need any foreign coach. Yes, Robin Singh and Venkatesh Prasad would have also done it and would be handy now too but it has become a maniac in having foreign coach and that is the way it goes.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 16:51 GMT)

lol,its bizzareeeeeee!!!!!they have selected a former zimbabwean player to coach thats sarcasm......................

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 16:49 GMT)

Bad selection of Duncan Fletcher as coach.. It should have been Fleming..

Posted by pankythechamp on (April 27, 2011, 16:46 GMT)

bad choice..............Fleming would have been the better option............

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 16:19 GMT)

this is not a gud decision,,,,,we want young coach like garry............warne or fleming is bettr choice for indian team coach

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 16:14 GMT)

Why doesn't BCCI think of Indian Coaches, those players who have recently retired. Players like Saurav Ganguly and Anil Kumble, they know the opposition well as they have been recently retired and with their vast experience they would have been a better asset.

Posted by kriskini on (April 27, 2011, 16:01 GMT)

India has a blessed captain who makes wise decisions in team selections and more. Role of a coach for India may not matter much

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 15:58 GMT)

Bad choice, but Good luck Duncan

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 15:53 GMT)

I thought India's next head coach would be an up and coming assistant coach or a head coach of domestic or T20 sides. Fletcher??? Really??? I'm not sure if a guy like him would be motivated enough to be a great coach. At the end of his tenure if India loses its #1 position in tests it could well be the coach's doing.

Posted by dinster77 on (April 27, 2011, 15:50 GMT)

@cric follower..

How many Indian coaches have we gotten lucky with?

Posted by IndianCrazyFan on (April 27, 2011, 15:25 GMT)

I dont believe if this is a right move by BCCI to bring Duncan. He suited English players but dealing Indian team with 100 crore expectations isnt easy considering his weak track record in ODIs.

I hope he wont be another Chappell. India should have given thought on an Indian coach this time considering the strong lot they have currently.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 15:11 GMT)

Is he a good coach ? Don't think so. He's old-fashioned and is not capable of handling a seat that attracts the attention of 130 million people. Also he'll not get enough respect in the team . What is his Test or ODI record as a player ? And he's from Zimbabwe. How can a Zimbabwean coach Indian Cricket Team ? If we don't get a good Aussie or SA Coach , we should take someone from India . And we really need a good bowling coach - someone like Wasim Akram , I think though we have done really well in the last couple of years, our bowlers have done a pretty ordinary job . Eric Simmons is a failure. We need someone to replace him.

Posted by Mayuresh_Gaikwad on (April 27, 2011, 15:09 GMT)

I really wish he picks up assistant coaches for bowling and fielding - two areas where we need most improvement. Since Fletcher is himself very good at spotting fast bowling talent and mentoring fast bowlers, the assistant bowling coach could be a spinner (Kumble/Murali if available would be awesome, someone like Bahutule would work too ). Robin Singh / Jonty Rhodes should definitely be drafted in as a fielding coach. Let us hope we maintain our test ranking.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 15:07 GMT)

well this seems like a u turn! with coach garry kirsten bccci had installed young coach! with fletcher they again going for experience! it would be tuff for fletcher to attain the same bonding as kirsten did with players

Posted by jammuthejatt on (April 27, 2011, 15:05 GMT)

Not a good decision at all we needed a young coach. Fleming or Lehman would have been a better choice.

Posted by george204 on (April 27, 2011, 15:05 GMT)

Perhaps Duncan Fletcher is tired of coaching weak teams to play beyond their ability & fancies a go with a good team :-)

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 15:04 GMT)

All the best Fletcher...... Fletcher dont highlight ur self in media ......

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 14:58 GMT)

One thing is for sure. This team doesn't need a real coach who can do a bit of coaching. BCCI have to just have someone for the namesake. Sachin, Sehwag, Yuvi, Laxman will teach him coaching if doesn't know how to.

Welcome to glory Duncan.

Posted by Bone101 on (April 27, 2011, 14:42 GMT)

Fletcher has no idea whatsoever.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 14:38 GMT)

@cric_follower we want problem free coaches...

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 14:31 GMT)

Doesn't appear to be the best choice at the outset. As others have mentioned, India needs an introverted personality for a coach. Those calling for Kumble should realise however, that he himself wasn't keen, having taken on a load of responsibilities since retirement and due to his unwillingness to travel

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 14:30 GMT)

India r at the top now, so give rest to all the senior players. make a team from below who have not got chance to play in world cup. M Vijay, Rayudu, Uthappa, Rohit sharma, Badrinath, Venugopal rao, Saurab Tiwari, M pandey,Prajnan ojha, Jakati, Ashok dinda, Vinay Kumar, Umesh yadav, Trivedi, Aroan, Mithun... Send them to ireland,Zimbabwe tour.

Posted by adahya on (April 27, 2011, 14:26 GMT)

I think BCCI has taken decision too quick. Fletcher might have a good coach but he is too old. India need young and fit coach like Kristen. I think Fleming or Naseer Husein might be a good coach for India. Lets see how India perform under tent of Fletcher and how Fletcher deal with crazy Indian media. Will get to know soon in six months.

Posted by S.Gurumurthy on (April 27, 2011, 14:25 GMT)

Duncan Fletcher has enormous task of filling Gary Kirstan's place, who has made TEAM INDIA, formiddable as No.1 Test side, One day WORLD CUP Champions, and created oneness in the dressing room and in the field.Keep the atmosphere going and all the best New Coach Mr.DUNCAN FLETCHER

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 14:24 GMT)

Duncan's big challanges would be understanding the Indian Way of doing , Understanding Senior players ,Likes of Bigges & Handling Indian Media . He will be exposed to all these above & will experiance with different gravity. Greg Chappell's Failure theory , should give him some odd tips , in handling the so called Senior Players.

Posted by ms.arjun on (April 27, 2011, 14:24 GMT)

Duncan has a huge job ahead. His every move will be compared now to Gary, boy thats gonna be a ride thru hell for him.

Posted by cricfan2007 on (April 27, 2011, 14:22 GMT)

I think IND just might have made the biggest mistake. This Indian team will look different in 2 yrs from now with senior retiring and they need to find young guns to line up for replacements. Although Duncan could be just fine to find great talents, he may not be able to inject the "energy" in the team. In addition, ENG is a different scenario where you pick old(mid 20 to 30s) seasoned players but in the subcontinent you often try raw talents(late teens to early 20s). Can this guy have enough eagerness for risk taking in team selection? I don't know. I hear he has bad record in media, then he has not seen the worst media in the world-The Indian subcontinent! Good luck but I am little doubtful that his tenure might end prematurely or he might do damage like Gregg Chapel.

Posted by Prayathna on (April 27, 2011, 14:21 GMT)

Wining Ashes for ENGLAND is not a small thing, hope things go good with the Indian team, wishing Duncan Fletcher all the very best.

Posted by jackiethepen on (April 27, 2011, 14:09 GMT)

Wasn't Fletcher sacked? His pronouncements since he lost the England job haven't been exactly profound. I think Hussain was the cricket brain in that relationship. Fletcher's book didn't enhance his reputation either. Not good enough for India I think.

Posted by kunal75 on (April 27, 2011, 14:06 GMT)

hes going to ruin our team........hes hardly played any matches himself........he does not know how it works in the middle of everything......i dont kniow how he made the nglish win the ashes but he also lost a 5 match test series 5-0 which the english refer to as ''tour of hell''. He cant be as great as Gary for sure i agree with pavankhrishna fleming is a good option. Anyway lets hope for the best!!!!

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 14:04 GMT)

Wonder who were the other hopefuls other than Fletcher! BCCI should have announced the same. The hope of a billion indians rest on him to sustain the top spot!

Posted by aswin_fanof_TESTCRICKET on (April 27, 2011, 13:56 GMT)

good knowledgeable man but as GoKuLBrAvO said someone who had played more recently would have been better eg steve fleming or robin singh i had a gut feeling wen i first saw kirsten come 2 india that this is the ideal bloke somehow i think fletcher is goin 2 struggle i hope not

Posted by nkadit on (April 27, 2011, 13:53 GMT)

I guess this is the best option we had.. Flower was taken by England, Fleming said no,We just cant afford another Australian..

Posted by Deenesh on (April 27, 2011, 13:51 GMT)

Interesting choice. Notice that this guy cant handle the media well however, and in India the media plays a huge role. Hope he learns how to talk to the camera cuz the players can easily get rid of him, despite watever contract he has.

Posted by george204 on (April 27, 2011, 13:49 GMT)

I think it's unfair to compare Fletcher to Greg Chappell - especially as he hasn't even started yet! Chappell had no real coaching pedigree when he took the India job whereas Fletcher has a long, varied & mostly successful coaching history.

Posted by pavankrishna_ponugoti on (April 27, 2011, 13:16 GMT)

fleming wil be the better option than fletcher. flemings works for chennai superkings in IPL & there is a good corelation between him dhoni. and fleming is also the clever captain for who had given good wins for newzealand which is not the so good team with brilliant captaincy....

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 13:13 GMT)

Surely, our pace battery will improve under him. Hope he finds some new unsung pacers from domestic arena. He was unfortunate working with England.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 13:03 GMT)

This is pretty Disappointing, he will be abrasive and might just mess up the little dynamic we have going on.

Posted by Mill1 on (April 27, 2011, 12:50 GMT)

Feels like BCCI have acted in too much haste because Fletcher was on the shortlist for the South Africa interview process next month. Wish BCCI could implement some sort of proper process for picking the next coach.

Posted by ABjuventus on (April 27, 2011, 12:46 GMT)

i am not agreed first the age , coz we now have young players in the line .. and to maintain the same level of intensity throughout .. we need someone who is around pretty young like 40 -43 .... not 62 ... but hoping that we might get good results ... DHONI - DUNCAN combo works properly ....

Posted by cric_follower on (April 27, 2011, 12:42 GMT)

Why not Saurav Ganguly? We have got lucky with on foreign coach.

Posted by amitkumaronnet on (April 27, 2011, 12:31 GMT)

I think Indians have England tour first on mind. Fletcher is a very good choice. He is tough and knowledgeable. All this talk of low profile coach is rubbish. Greg Chappell's methods were all wrong and in a nut shell he was a "bad" coach. That is it. It had less with his high profile nature. Any coach is good if he strategises best and instills confidence in the team and have faith in players. As Viru said it after Chennai test victory in 2008 "It is a happy dressing room. " Fletcher is well equipped to handle all these plus he has a vast experience and better strategist. Indian team's priority should be to get a good spinner and get rid of white elephant Harbhajan Singh. Rest of the squad is good for at least 2 more seasons. So Fletcher shouldn't be worrying too far.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 12:26 GMT)

Hope to see some more good cricket.....

Posted by SDHM on (April 27, 2011, 12:24 GMT)

@Stark62 - so going from bottom of the world rankings to 2nd isn't much? We also won something like 7 test series in a row, including South Africa away, Australia at home and a whitewash of New Zealand and the West Indies in the same summer. Pretty good if you ask me.

I think it's quite a shrewd appointment. He has a good eye for test batsmen; Vaughan and Trescothick for example didn't have particularly great first class records when they were picked, and they both did all right. He might also do better with seam bowlers in India - he always put too much stock in genuine pace in my opinion, hence the likes of Plunkett and Mahmood being persisted with, and with there being less of it about in India he'll have to work hard at improving the current stock.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 12:23 GMT)

Very tricky choice been made by the Indian Team. Reaching the top Spot. Well done India. but how are we going to sustain.

Can Fletcher maintain it right?

Lets wait and see...

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 12:15 GMT)

Its really going back decision by BCCI , Hoping to see new and modern cricket face and not some body believe in hardwork and disciplined by which Indian cricket or for that matter any indian sports wont be able to work , its a different set of culture

Posted by Zeepo on (April 27, 2011, 12:14 GMT)

Fletcher might be the BOB WOOLMER for Indian Team...................Infact....

Posted by Percy_Fender on (April 27, 2011, 12:10 GMT)

Duncan Fletcher is a very good coach considering his precise methods of sorting out the technical problems of batsman and for analysing the weaknesses of the opposition's batsmen. He has delivered prtty well for England in both these aspects. His temprament is likely to be that of a father figure, not unlike Kirsten though perhaps even more suited for such a role than Gary was, given that he is 62 years old.The Indians like this I think rather than someone like Chappell or even what someone like Steve Waugh may have been.I think Indians thrive on friendliness all the way not playing hard during the day and having a few beers in the evening Aussie style.The thing that probably has been missed though is that it is India's bowling and fielding that is worrisome. Eric Simmons has not done anything noticeable and I feel he merely basked in Gary's glory. We need a bowling coach like Fanie De Villiers immediately. He can make the Ishants, Aarons, Yadavs, and Waghs into a formidable lot.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (April 27, 2011, 12:10 GMT)

It is heartening to see that bowlers like Ishant Sharma and Abhimanyu Mithun are now bowling consistently in the mid 140 kmphs inbthe IPL. This goes to show that when these players have someone like Steyn or Zaheer to guide them they can deliver. It may relate to weight transfer or wrist position which the two mentioned now seem to be getting it right,In fact Mithun was bowling yorkers as well which was a happy sight to see.He was not accurate tough but I suppose it will need some practic under a good coach who has done it himself. It has always baffled me as to why Ishant has not got a mean yorker as he should be having. If Steyn can transfer that gift orof the slower ball that he is capable of to Ishant Sharma, he can be a real handful on any kind of wicket. Similarly Umesh Yadav was consistently hitting 146-147 kmph yesterday. He can be a match winner with some guidance. It is the same with Varun Aaron. He has thebody for fast bowling. But we need someone to show him the way.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 12:07 GMT)

I feel this is not a good choice.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (April 27, 2011, 12:02 GMT)

I hope he doesn't handle team India as if they were English players. India are the world champions with MANY superstars in their ranks. He should identify the 'Indianess' of the team and remain in the background. That is something Kirsten did splendidly. A team with Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag etc doesn't need a coach to tell them how to bat. Fletcher is known to be a task master and it will be interesting to see how he conducts himself. I felt Stephen Fleming or Dave Whatmore would have been better choices. One thing is sure, it will be a THRILL to coach the WORLD CHAMPIONS !! :)

Posted by karthikvlk on (April 27, 2011, 11:57 GMT)

for all those who are asking for kumble please be noted , he is in administrative position hence he wont come to coaching.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 11:52 GMT)

He might be a good choice as per Tests are concerned but ODIs are not his forte and i see decline of India in that format after winning this WC.

Posted by PraveenRK on (April 27, 2011, 11:49 GMT)

yea really a bad selection

Posted by GoKuLBrAvO on (April 27, 2011, 11:48 GMT)

Why don't they go for a young guy like Langer or Fleming??!! like what they did for Gary...

Posted by espncric123 on (April 27, 2011, 11:44 GMT)

Surprising selection from BCCI.Most expected someone from Flemming, S Waugh, Flower, Lehman, etc.. Hope this is good selection and Indian team will do well with Fletcher

Posted by Caveman. on (April 27, 2011, 11:40 GMT)

BCCI gone bonkers. We can once again expect a steady descent of the Indian team. 2 years down the line I would expect India to languish somewhere in the 5-6 position in test and ODI rankings. MS Dhoni will go the Ganguly way to a lesser extent. And we will be looking for yet another coach.

Good luck to Fletcher though. I suppose one thing in his favor is that with the impending retirement of star players, unlike Greg Chappell he might actually face less opposition within the squad.

Posted by Urstrulynaresh on (April 27, 2011, 11:37 GMT)

i think either fleming or kumble would be a better choice for kirstein replacement........

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 11:37 GMT)

Shocked n Disappointed.... Very Poor Decision By BCCI, I think Stephen Fleming, Andy Flower Or Kumble will be much better option... well All the best to Duncan, lets see what he'll do for our Team India...

Posted by lakshya1 on (April 27, 2011, 11:29 GMT)

I think it is not a bad decision. Gary was a fantastic coach but it is a history now and one has to move on. A lot of our senior players are going to retire (dravid, tendulkar, laxman) soon and therefore we need an experienced campaigner who can work with youngsters when seniors will not be around. we need someone who can help youngsters on their technique. May be raina, vijay,yuvraj, rohit, even gambhir at times struggle against short pitch bowling and probably will learn a lot under fletcher's experience. Moreover, we have lots of foreign tours (to england and Aus) this year so his experience will be a help. Coaching is not only about being friendly to players, getting to know them, being in the background and away from media, being low profile, hard working in nets and so on...but also about helping the players in terms of their technical aspects and refining their approach to the game, adding a new dimension. This is where fletcher can help in absence of our seniors.Bestof luck

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 11:23 GMT)

I can understand Indian board's thinking to a degree bearing in mind upcoming challenges against England & Australia, but really this is a backward step. I can guaruntee that he will fall out with certain players the way he did with Flintoff. Also kept Swann in the wilderness until after he left as England coach. These 2 examples alone indicate trouble in handling big name players. At least with a younger coach like a Fleming or Lehmann you could forgive them if they went wrong. I am maybe proved wrong but living in England & having seen him at close hand, he has more the makings of a G Chappell as coach rather than a Kirsten

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 11:16 GMT)

Jokes aside, this is an unexpected choice .... my feeling is, to get the best out of them, Indian players need someone subdued like Gary Kirsten or John Wright or Andy Flower, who don't mind being in the background and always quietly doing their work

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 11:13 GMT)

Stephen Fleming would be the better option at present

Posted by SamRoy on (April 27, 2011, 11:12 GMT)

Either Fanie De Villiers or Stephen Fleming should have been coach. Any coach who prefers Ashley Giles over Graeme Swann (and Panesar) doesn't know the first thing when it comes to spin bowling!

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 11:11 GMT)

Fletcher is, "credited with turning around England's fortunes in Tests during his eight-year stint" - am worried he will also TURN AROUND this Indian team within 2 months

Posted by csaha1980 on (April 27, 2011, 11:10 GMT)

Appears to be a good choice

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 11:06 GMT)


Posted by vipinchaudhary2325 on (April 27, 2011, 11:06 GMT)

how can a 62 years old man can coach ny team.... Kristen was always wid players in ground, giving his hundred percent, coach should be a person who is strong mentally as well as physically.... I think player like Lance Klusner, Fleming, Steve Waugh might be better den Duncan.. lets c what hapen?

Posted by Bala74 on (April 27, 2011, 11:04 GMT)

I feel Fletcher is a no nonsense 'call spade a spade' will not do well in India where senior players have to be 'respected'. Also he was known in his days as England coach to push for more physical fitness - something that Indian players dislike. Im not saying that is right or wrong because fitness has paid dividends to England just as the so-clled 'un-fit' players have taken India to the top of test rankings and WC glory. One major difference between Kirsten and Fletcher is the later is a more abrasive character. I would hav preferred a former Indian player given the chance... Kumble comes to my mind. Great attitude, good rapport with players and an excellent communicator.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 10:57 GMT)

Disappointed. Hope Indian players wont be influenced to bebulky and plummy

Posted by IC_M on (April 27, 2011, 10:56 GMT)

Good luck to Duncan, with full respect to him, India should have appointed Kumble as Garry's replacement, he has the best work ethics when it comes to leadership. BCCI has missed the best oppertunity to groome home grown talents. It's a shame boofhead BCCI thinktankers are not thinking along this path.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 10:55 GMT)

i mull over it'll be adding a new flavour to the Indian Cricket Team

Posted by cricmastr on (April 27, 2011, 10:52 GMT)

it is good to have fletcher but bcci should have gone with younger coach than him....his tenure with england is appreciable...but now we cant say anythin....lets hope +ve......all the best team india n fletcher...............

Posted by Mill1 on (April 27, 2011, 10:49 GMT)

The BCCI just don't seem to learn anything from past mistakes. It was clear India needs a coach like Kirsten or Wright, yet they appoint another Greg Chappell who just tends to wind people up. Fletcher's record is also not that great. I agree with other posts that someone like Shaun Pollock or Stephen Fleming would have been ideal candidates backed up with a good replacement for Paddy Upton. Also contrary to other comments, Andy Flower would not have been a good choice either because whilst he appears low profile, he actually is quite dictatorial and has also caused frictions within the England team, not to mention doing nothing for the ODI team.

Posted by SUMITHPP on (April 27, 2011, 10:49 GMT)

all the best fletch.. thats all we can say now...its not like coaching eng or a sa domestic team..its team india and we, the indian public had already seen what greg chappel had DONE to us and what Gary had acheived for us..there is a big gap and to fill in the shoes of Gary will be much tougher than to coach a champion team..all the best again....

Posted by Charindra on (April 27, 2011, 10:48 GMT)

Wow! Did not see THAT coming! I was thinking maybe Stephen Fleming or Andy Flower. Interesting choice.

Posted by Alok505 on (April 27, 2011, 10:45 GMT)

fletcher would be a failure like chappel

Posted by kapilesh23 on (April 27, 2011, 10:43 GMT)

Most of us who are writing comments here haven't really played with a cricket ball .So I assume we don't know too much about cricket and especially as complicated stuff as coaching .So it would be foolish to predict if he could prove to be good or not .I think there is much at stake and BCCI would not take a decision without giving a thought .and it is also mentioned at many places that he was suggested by Gary Kirsten .So after all this I think He is a good choice to coach India .

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 10:42 GMT)

I would have loved to see Stephen Fleming take over as the coach. Anyhow congrats ti Mr Fletcher for the job and yes hell(Indian Media and Public) awaits you for your two year instinct. So better be prepared for it.

Posted by GP143 on (April 27, 2011, 10:41 GMT)

Only time will tell whether this is a convincing choice. A coach should be an inspiration in terms of fitness. With due respect to his capabilites, not sure if he will be an effective one @62 yrs.

Posted by kapilesh23 on (April 27, 2011, 10:39 GMT)

Most of us who are writing comments here haven't really played with a cricket ball .So I assume we don't know too much about cricket and especially as complicated stuff as coaching .So it would be foolish to predict if he could prove to be good or not .I think there is much at stake and BCCI would not take a decision without giving a thought .and it is also mentioned at many places that he was suggested by Gary Kirsten .So after all this I think He is a good choice to coach India .

Posted by vin77 on (April 27, 2011, 10:31 GMT)

Did not not know Fletcher was in running.Would have prefered a younger Coach,but anyway Welcome aboard & all the best!!

Posted by pvwadekar on (April 27, 2011, 10:25 GMT)

An interesting decision and only time will tell weather it is a good one. But overall it is better have a coach who is really interested in a full time job--- unlike Fleming who is not sure. Not sure if Fleming had the right credentials for the job .. just because he was captain of NZ does not mean he is an automatic choice. This could be an interesting ploy to get inside the heads of the Englishmen.. we have an important tour coming in July .. and who else to advise/ coach then the former English coach. Some young players really blossomed under the tutelage of Fletcher. Treskothik, Flintoff, Harrminson .. as long as we don't have a certain guru Greg it will be fine.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 10:25 GMT)

I'm sure the media's going to eat him alive...he anyway doesn't have media-countering skills, as stated by Vaughan.

Posted by alfonsopacket on (April 27, 2011, 10:24 GMT)

Hey, why dont you read the news before commenting. Flower didnt want the job. Neither did Stephen Fleming. BCCI appointed Kirsten as they were desperate after Chappell. I think it was a gamble that paid off, thanks to Gary AND the team. Its not a bad idea to get an old school coach, as the team will get in new players. Dravid, Laxman will be retiring...possibly Sachin after 1-2 years? An old school coach will at least insist on discipline for new players..which is crucial. After Chappell-Ganguly mess, I'm sure coach, captain and board will have learnt a few things. Bottomline, we need a first rate Test team, and Fletcher has delivered to a certain degree with England. And good news, its a 2 year contract. Relax, guys!!

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 10:23 GMT)

He is indeed good crcketing brain ... hope to carry the momentum ....

Posted by IPL_is_Fixed on (April 27, 2011, 10:20 GMT)

Don't know how it will turn. But Gary Kirsten and John Wright were awesome for Team India. Now IPL is killing Cricket. And Duncan Fletcher is not so young as Gary, whose throw-downs were awesome.

Posted by Sowndar.mage on (April 27, 2011, 10:18 GMT)

Iam surprised to see flether is an indian coach,but we have good choice like stephen flemming,wasim akram,justin langer.hope will see what he do,must be work like gary,please don't do anything like chappel,he is the destroyer of indian team before.Still iam not satisfy with this english man.God grace to indian team

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 10:17 GMT)

I think he is a calm coach bcoz of working as england coach. But while replacing a guy like Gary... Team needs a youth hardworking coach for the hard training sessions.... He must remember what Gary did to the Indian team .... Let's see...hope 4 the best.

Posted by vayamcs on (April 27, 2011, 10:15 GMT)

This is a big ask to replace gary. Best of luck Duncan

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 10:11 GMT)

we are in need of bowling coach like Wasim Akram.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 10:09 GMT)

we need a coach like Steve Waugh former Australia captain who made Australia no 1

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 10:09 GMT)

not good bit too much like chappel, should have gone for someone fresh and less experience in coaching kirsten was!!

Posted by Stark62 on (April 27, 2011, 10:08 GMT)


England under his reign didn't achieve much, except the 2005 ashes win and then, got smothered all over in Aus after that.

It seems team Ind are also, going to head towards a downfall and Kumble would have been a much better choice.

Oh well, only time will tell!

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 10:05 GMT)

lets wait and see how it works

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 9:59 GMT)

Fletcher may not be bad decision by BCCI. As rightly said, his only coaching glory was Ashes 2005. Otherwise his profile looks very ordinary. Now his challenge lies with India where cricket considered as religion.

BCCI would have thought that an another coach from the african community will do wonders for India.

Well time will tell, that another african safari is on the right track.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 9:58 GMT)

Everything will be fine. One thing he should not indulge is to bring politics into the team as Greg did in his tenure.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (April 27, 2011, 9:54 GMT)

This is a poor decision from BCCI for many reasons. Gary Kirsten was able to get some decent results as India's aged team unit needs hardly any coaching. Laxman, Dravid, Tendulkar, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Sehwag are all pushing to end of their careers. India's biggest worry is their bowling strength. Duncan was divisive character in England and he likes to be more front of line coach.India has enjoyed good results because India had luxury of a lot of home tests, world cup at home grounds and special balls. Now reality is going to catch up with India. While there are some good batsmen coming up for india but there is not a single quality fast bowler or spinner that seems to fill in. India really needed an experiened coach who will work behind the scenes. Fletcher had many captaincy spats for England and more recently proved of no value to NZ cricket. Great players do not make great coaches and respectfully Fletcher was neither.Chappel atleast for a great batsman!Robin Singh=Excellent coach!

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 9:53 GMT)

Nice to see that the board has appointed Duncan, who has immense experience & commands lot of respect among the English. Remains to be seen how he handles India the current world Champions!!!1

Posted by chintu_srikanth on (April 27, 2011, 9:53 GMT)

dis is very shocking. . . . . no body can replace gary. . . . dis is too worst to hear. . . . any way best of luck fletcher. . .

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 9:53 GMT)

Not too happy about this...we should've got a more unobtrusive type of coach...and we should hire a good bowling coach like Akram...

Posted by amit.80s on (April 27, 2011, 9:50 GMT)

Well time will tell but im kinda disappointed, he's 62 so i don't think he's able to run on the ground with the players unlike Gary who challenges the players that at 42 he's is still in much better shape then most of the players. I hope this won't turn out as another Chappel classroom stint....

Posted by arunkumar_s6 on (April 27, 2011, 9:50 GMT)

I don't know how well he is gonna do for India. He is not suitable to take this job, especially as Indian coach. Stephen Fleming would have been a better option for India. I wonder where is this going to end. Two years of Indian cricket is in Fletcher's hand now. Hope he does well.

Posted by Avin1999 on (April 27, 2011, 9:47 GMT)

Not a good choice, when compared to John wright or a Gary. An old school book methodology crickter.. God save India Team.

Posted by Fahham on (April 27, 2011, 9:40 GMT)

i didnt expect BCCI would select would have been great to see younger guy like Fleming or Darren Lehmann or Whatmore...anways i m confident that Indian Team will keep performing as they have been doing for 3 yrs...lets see what Mr. Fletcher has to offer...

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 9:39 GMT)

supposed to be a good cricketing brain. hope it works out well

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 9:39 GMT)

Appears to be a good choice because of his experience as coach of England. let us wait and see

Posted by kiddrock on (April 27, 2011, 9:36 GMT)

Should have gone with Flower Power!!! An important trick missed. We'll just have to wait and see.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 9:36 GMT)

Now Team India need good Team Manager not Coach... Just like Football...and he is nice Team Manager.....Best of Luck Guru Fletcher....

Posted by sanjeevmukherjee2006 on (April 27, 2011, 9:31 GMT)

hmmm.well time will tell if it was the right decision. For a change I would have gone with Wasim akram as he was a fantastic bowler.....and would have been useful to us!

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 9:28 GMT)

Dislike......can he maintain the rigorous training sessions done by Gary...can he avoid speaking out in media.... I doubt

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 9:28 GMT)

some one like fleming or andy flower would have been a better choice.....

Posted by alanmsam on (April 27, 2011, 9:28 GMT)

what???????? a coach that's double the age of the captain. can RUN across a pitch. hundreds of better options-andy flower,whatmore,pollock(look what he's done to MI as a coach),wasim akram(look what he' done to KKR), geoff lawson(look what he's done to KTK and pakistan). In all ways a terrrrrible decision.

Posted by ammanna7 on (April 27, 2011, 9:26 GMT)

warne ?????????? anyway i hope he coaches the ausies soon

Posted by george204 on (April 27, 2011, 9:25 GMT)

Whoa, didn't see that one coming! Very surprised. Good luck to Duncan - a fine coach & a good man.

Posted by Alok505 on (April 27, 2011, 9:25 GMT)

bad decesion ,1) 62 years fletcher cant bowl in net like kirsten , its true remember gary used to thrrow ball in practice session , 2) cant understand indian media 3) young players like kohli , raina,pujara, ojha may be more confortable to young coaches like muddy,pollock,fleming, langer 4.) wht is his achievement in long 8 yrs as coach of england once won ashes n loose the other by 5-0 ( odi record is worst) 5.) Dev whatmore is better than him for india if u ask indian players .6.) this time no gavasker , no shastri , no pataudi were invited to shortlist or suggertion or interview , BCCI made it in a hurry , Un happpy

Posted by howizzat on (April 27, 2011, 9:22 GMT)

Why in a hurry? BCCI could have waited for a better choice. I have my doubt about the success. Apart from age factor media will make it a big mess out of it . This I am reading from what Vaughan said. I would have preferred, some one like Steve Waugh or Stephan Fleming.

Posted by CherryKishore on (April 27, 2011, 9:20 GMT)

Bad Selection, should have selected young coach.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 9:14 GMT)

AB99 - Fletcher is certainly not a Greg Chappel! He probably won't nanny players to the degree that Kirsten does, but he does like players to take responsibility for themselves and he does demand a good work ethic. What you are getting is a great strategist who taught England to recognise and win critical phases of play. His analysis of opposition players is matched by his ability to get bowlers to play as a unit and to carry out a plan. In a situation where India are going to be rebuilding over the next few years, he has shown great foresight and courage to bring real talents to the fore (Trescothick, Bell, Jones, Strauss, Cook and of course KP). He also gets the best out of established talents (Flintoff was never better than when under Fletcher), and lesser talents (Hoggard and Harmison took loads of wickets for Fletcher's England team and Collingwood's grafting was turned into valuable runs). He doesn't have a good press profile, but don't underestimate what he did for England.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 9:13 GMT)

Welcome to India uncle..Not to happy and feel this is a hasty decision.Think Micheal Bevan,Justin Langer,Shaun Pollock,Lance Klusener or Jonty Rodhes would have been ideal.i sense a Greg Chappel in disguise.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 9:07 GMT)

looks like a bad choice, though only time will tell us. Personally, I would have preferred someone like Stephen Fleming who brings a good combination of maturity as well as aggression.

Posted by T20LIONS on (April 27, 2011, 9:05 GMT)

Why BCCI has gone to a foreign coach. May time has come to change the fortune and have some local flavor. India cannot now afford to loss what they have achieved over the last 10 years.

Posted by Rajeev129 on (April 27, 2011, 9:01 GMT)

Our expectations are very high on Indian cricketers now, surely it will be difficult for them reach those expectations. Most of their players form has already been dropped down after the WC triumph.

Whoever it is, cant keep this Indian team on top of tree, even guru GARY at this moment.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 8:59 GMT)

I thik it is going backward for indain crkt. Fletcher never made England a good ODI team so how can he coach the ODI world champ. he is not influential as garry or andy flower. so keep hope he done anything wrong for india as chappel did.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 8:55 GMT)

I dnt think it is a good choice considering the position Indian team currently is in. They are already on a high. Duncan from Zim will not have much of an idea how to handle success along with talented and superstar players in the team. Lets hope for the best. Best of luck for Indian Cricket. Hopefully they will be able to sustain their position in world cricket without much influence by the coach. Regards Vivek

Posted by technicallycrazy on (April 27, 2011, 8:54 GMT)

Hope that mr. fletcher will recognise the issues related with an all-rounder as he himself was a good one. and thus he can revive the future of our best all-rounder irfan pathan an we will get back old pathan of 2005-06. it will be the real task for him as pathan is a precious talent and we cann't allow him to be wasted in regard of comment made by mr. chappel the one who is responsibe for the poor run of pathan to a great extent.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 8:53 GMT)

He has done wonders in Test cricket for England.......Now his job is to make this Indian Team a formidable Test Team.......Test champion ship.....

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 8:52 GMT)

Jonty Rhodes or Stephen Fleming would have been a better choice.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

Very Bad Choice...he has done nothing in his career to command respect from the senior players..also he is 62 years old and will not get on with the youngsters..definitely another Greg chapel like debacle expected!

Posted by Shaktiamar on (April 27, 2011, 8:46 GMT)

Duncan Fletcher seems to be a choice based on the premise that India would soon enter a transitory phase of rebuilding with senior players retiring and need a hard taskmaster. He did so for England in 1999 with their lowest ebb being a humiliating series defeat to NZ. However, can he do a reverse now with Ind being on top of rankings but personnel moving on, is something time will tell. His experience and phlegmatic approach might gel well with the Indian psyche but he would need to avoid the set coaching pattern from his English coaching days.All in all, its a good choice of a coach- neither a great nor a horrible one.

Posted by Notredam on (April 27, 2011, 8:44 GMT)

Yes..i say not great decision..but we have dhoni..and he is the man with golden spoon dnt wnt be like Ganguly..chapelle case..

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 8:43 GMT)

Mann... this one is a strange move... i was like most of the other people expecting someone like a moody or fleming to take up the reigns.. someone who could relate to Dhoni's thought process and indian setiments, but fletcher somehow doesnt fit into my imaginationas such a guy. only time will tell if i am wrong and i dearly hope i am but i am a bit skeptical about this one.

Posted by balakumar1982 on (April 27, 2011, 8:41 GMT)

Good choice by Indian Selectors specifically keeping in mind that Indian team will go through transition in next two years in Test set-up. You need specialist to do the transition job. He has done it in past for England and SA. Recent example is NZ. From Washout series to Semi-finalist. But India needs to involve Indian coaches likes of Robin Singh, Sandeep Patel in some context with India team. See wonders done by Robin for MI. Sachin has great regards for him. Committee should be formed to develop bowlers comprising of Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, Venky Prasad, J. Srinath, N. Hirwani and T.A. Sekar at domestic level

Posted by Kumar_cricket on (April 27, 2011, 8:40 GMT)

Interesting but neither Skeptical nor Excited. No Expectation from him. Only Time will tell the answer. All the Best Mr. Duncan Fletcher. I hope and pray that you will have a great time with us.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 8:39 GMT)

Would have preferred an younger coach, he needs a Indian as assistant coach as his communication skills with non English conversant players would be a draw back.

Posted by ImpartialObserver on (April 27, 2011, 8:36 GMT)

An unfortunate choice, I dare say. Exactly the type of coach that SHOULD NOT have been selected. He can't stay in the back-ground like Kirstin, is not affable like him and not young or energetic like Kirstin to give the throw-downs.

Also, people with snobbish mentality will not work for India. I also don't feel he can embrace Indian culture and Media. And "tough task masters" should not be touched with a barge-pole. At least Chappel had the weight of his performances behind him (Kirstin, anyway was young, had played enough and even know some players through playing against them). Mr. Fletcher doesn't even have that. And in any case, he was not considered a great coach even for England. Hope I'm proven wrong.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 8:35 GMT)

I have to say I am neutral to Duncan Fletcher's appointment. Coaching India is no cakewalk, considering the pressure of a billion people pining their hopes on the team... wish him the best of luck!

Posted by here2rock on (April 27, 2011, 8:35 GMT)

Why they have to have two years contract, hire someone for a 3 month trial period then extend it if someone fits the bill.

Posted by elpistorelo on (April 27, 2011, 8:33 GMT)

Not a great choice. He himself has never played test cricket, though he was a good captain for Zimbabwe. I am not sure he would be ideal choice for a team thats topping the test rankings. Kirsten played role well and kept away from media like John Wright. This guy never was a friend of media in England like Greg Chappel in India. So we can expect some controversies to pop up. BCCI has done it again. But one good thing is retaining Eric Simmons as bowling coach. Hopefully we ll continue to dominate all forms of cricket at least for the near future.

Posted by vish57 on (April 27, 2011, 8:30 GMT)

Let the new coach identify talents like Valthaty and groom them for WC 2015; what we need now is 2 batsmen allrounder like kallis/Watson/Angelo Mathews who bring better bowling options to captain in ODIs. Ifran/Praveen Kumar are bowlers who can bat better than tail enders like Sreesanth/I Sharma/Nehra. Dont select team on reputation or mind set but on talent and performance.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 8:30 GMT)

A decision that would evoke mixed reactions....I am for one is skeptical about the decision. He has had past troubles with media and in India media could be very intrusive. Also too old a guy. An old coach with a young team is unlikely to work. Moreover the cricketing culture is quite different here in India as compared to England.It will be a real challenge for him. I think this would have been a great opportunity to bring in a bowler as a coach rather than a batsmen. India apart from brief period with kumble always had a batsman as a captain and a coach . A bowler coach can really change the situation. For example see pakistan for eg they have had more bowling captain and coaches and hence has the best cowling attack in the world at the moment

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 8:25 GMT)

He will be good in Tests. But not in ODI's and specially T20. Will have issues with crazy indian media. Will be out by 2012...

Posted by KALPANA. on (April 27, 2011, 8:25 GMT)

Don't know how to react. could be a Good choice being an experienced coach. Could be a Terrible choice given how young and athletic GARY was. I don't see him doing any good to lazy batsmen like sehwag and yuvi. As per bowling... MAY GOD HELP TEAM INDIA. ANYWAYS, WELCOME DUNCAN AND GOOD LUCK.

Posted by Capitalist_Cricketer on (April 27, 2011, 8:22 GMT)

Although im a fan of 'new' coaches ie wright, kirsten I can settle for fletcher as he has a good pedigree about him. But why for 2 years ? Surely it takes that much time just to understand the dna of an individual player and here we r talking of not ordinary players but the worlds no test team, the ODI world champions and ofcourse the worlds most intrusive and 'crazy' media.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 8:22 GMT)

hmmm... nyc... convinced...

Posted by JUSTFORKIX on (April 27, 2011, 8:22 GMT)

Another Greg Chappell era for 2 more years !!!! What a poor choice for a team that is going to be in transition w.r.t. test batting very soon.

Posted by Dhitik on (April 27, 2011, 8:21 GMT)

i can see hard times ahead for nonperformers in the team..........hope we can continue our winning ways under Duncan Fletcher.....

Posted by laksmrperfect on (April 27, 2011, 8:20 GMT)

good choice for BCCI.................

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 8:20 GMT)

@Swamin........ good one :-)

Posted by cricketkumar on (April 27, 2011, 8:19 GMT)

i dont think this is a very smart move by the bcci..but surely they must have consulted dhoni before announcing the decision

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 8:17 GMT)

I would have picked either Tom Moody or Dav Whatmore. Duncan Fletcher would probably be another Greg Chappell-type coach. He is ideal for English cricket, not for Indian cricket.

Posted by Horn.OK.Please on (April 27, 2011, 8:14 GMT)

Fletcher was a 50 year old when he steered England to success. He is now a 60 year old. That's a critical difference and I am not too sure if he can repeat his past success, lest his relationship with Indian players and media.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 8:12 GMT)

Last I heard of a rumour that Darren Lehman was being was being favoured by certaion quarters of Indian cricket one of them being the captain himself.

It was to my surprise as I thought it had to be a coacj from IPL then Stephen Fleming had a great chance.

Duncan Fletcher is a surprise decision and a little disappointing.

Posted by TheUparcut on (April 27, 2011, 8:10 GMT)

India has had good success under left hand batting coaches.Hope that continues.It would be interesting to see how well he can work with high profile stars like Tendulkar,Dravid ,Laxman......Also,he has a great responsibility to be coaching a team that is No.1 in Tests and a World Champion.Also,under his tenure,India will be undergoing a transition period with likely exits of Dravid and Laxman.Also,it is important to build a team for the next world cup.Gary also came into the team with 3 years to go for the cup.He built such a great unit.It is also important that he understands Indian cricket because he is an alien to coaching sub-continental teams.Interesting phase in Indian cricket....

Posted by bonaku on (April 27, 2011, 8:10 GMT)

I dont think he is right coach for india. He is too one dimentional and predictible. Just go through his articles you will understand this. I am very disappointed.

Posted by FieryFerg on (April 27, 2011, 8:07 GMT)

This will end in tears - too dictatorial. BCCI tried it with Chappell and look what went on. All Eng batsmen claimed it was his success in teaching them to play spin - don't think Viru & co need too many tips there!

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 8:05 GMT)

Lets wait and see how world champions react to this new appointment ??

Posted by hawkeye70 on (April 27, 2011, 8:05 GMT)

@Sehwagologist,himanshu,AB99 - I agree with you guys, i have got such a bad feeling about this...

@Kingcobra - apparently flower didn't want to move his family from england and fleming had also distanced himself.

Pollock would have a great choice - we really need to improve bowling and he would have developed Zak and co. Akram would have been a dream, but unfortunately political.

Posted by midgovi on (April 27, 2011, 8:03 GMT)

Welcome Duncan, to one of the most scrutinized job in the world...

Posted by candyfloss on (April 27, 2011, 8:02 GMT)

I am very skeptical about his appointment as the coach of our team.I dont know too much about Fletcher but prima facie he doesnt appear to be as cerebral as Gary Kirsten.However his first big task will be to learn to handle the Indian media,I hope he isnt anything like Greg Chapel.

Posted by hawkeye70 on (April 27, 2011, 8:00 GMT)

BCCI have lost their mind. Gary was a great success only because of his hands-off style which worked so well with both the team and BCCI. Fletcher is anything but that, and at 62, he will not click with the young Indian team.... hope I am wrong. Good thing we won the world cup...

Posted by Jack.J on (April 27, 2011, 7:59 GMT)

I am not agree with BCCI decision....

Posted by Jeremiser on (April 27, 2011, 7:59 GMT)

so we now know he's not gonna take up the SA job. Wonder who wil fit in there. Im hoping for Fleming.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:58 GMT)

Hey Please ConTinue The Same Form As That Of Mr. Gary Kirsten..!!

Posted by Raj_pandian on (April 27, 2011, 7:57 GMT)

Bit surprised, i was expecting someone younger like andy or stephen. Anyhow, i wish him all the very best. Lets see if he can help us to keep the momentum going around. "WELCOME TO INDIA FLETCH"

Posted by hari.pes100 on (April 27, 2011, 7:55 GMT)

Well best of luck to him and wish that he takes the team to new heights and ensures that the team udergoes transition seamlessly when the seniors retire. I wanted Dave Whatmore but Duncan is a good choice.

Posted by abhi_cricinfo on (April 27, 2011, 7:55 GMT)

Awwwww, Holy no. Wrong one chosen. India need someone like Pollock or Fleming. Duncan Fletcher is average but he is too old for this job......Wake up BCCI. He can't handle media and he is going face chin music from Indian media. LOL .

Posted by wambling_future on (April 27, 2011, 7:53 GMT)

It is an interesting choice for a coach and hell of a challenge for Fletcher. Something he might have never experienced with English Team. I have read few reactions and all are concerned about two things: 1. His age 2. His inability to face media. I am personally not bothered about age factor but how he goes on with the Indian media is going to decide how long he will like himself to be in the job, irrespective of how long Indian team wants him to be there. I guess he should take a session or two from both Wright and Kirsten how to cope with them and remain low-profile, unlike Chappel who was far too popular in the media. Good luck to him. By the way there will be lot people envying him to see him earning so many $$$$ while he is on the other side of 60.

Posted by emarald on (April 27, 2011, 7:50 GMT)

hope he develops some bowling pool out of these players

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:50 GMT)

nt too happy..however nor too sad as well

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:47 GMT)

Can he continue the dream run???

Posted by kingcobra85 on (April 27, 2011, 7:43 GMT)

great coach! nice selection by BCCI. Though i would have looked at some one a bit younger like stephen fleming or Andy flower this is also a good bet going for experienced coach! All the best Mr.Duncan Fletcher and welcome to India

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:43 GMT)

I hope he continues Kirsten's good work.Under him,England won that dramatic 2005 ashes series.

Posted by anuajm on (April 27, 2011, 7:42 GMT)

What?? I am a little surprised!!

Posted by rahulcricindia on (April 27, 2011, 7:42 GMT)

welcome sir, may team continuous in the same fashion...keep world champions has to..

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:42 GMT)

Well this has come out of blue ! time will tell how meritorious decision it is. I hope this decision has backing of dhoni & co.

Posted by AB99 on (April 27, 2011, 7:41 GMT)

BAD Choice ... another Greg Chappel as the coach. Why was someone like a Tom Moody or Stephen Fleming or Dav Whatmore igorned. This would take Indian Cricket back by 2-3 years if not more.

Posted by CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on (April 27, 2011, 7:41 GMT)

Too old an uncle to replace indian coach 42 year guru gary thats a terrible decision why not a guy like jonty rhodes,klusner,pollock dont worry the bowling coach too is a pain in the *** akram,dizzy,pollock simply terrible decision

Posted by on (April 27, 2011, 7:41 GMT)


I serously have bad feelings about this

Posted by Sudarshanj on (April 27, 2011, 7:41 GMT)

Wow!! Nice to see BCCI acting swiftly. I'm sure he'll carry team India forward after Garry's stint.

Posted by mohinz on (April 27, 2011, 7:40 GMT)

Not sure if it is a wise decision. Since India has just won the world cup, i think they need a very cool and calm BOSS who can handle the pressure smartly. I believe ST. Fleming (NZ) could be the best candidate.

Posted by dras on (April 27, 2011, 7:39 GMT)

We may have good reasons to be excited about it. although i firmly believe that the void left by Gary Kirsten would be difficult to fill in. He fulfilled the role of Indian Coach to perfection, which in no means is an easy job with cricket crazy fans and the big names themselves.. I wish him (Duncan Fletcher) and the Indian team, all the best.

Posted by SUNDOS on (April 27, 2011, 7:39 GMT)

The big question is how long before the seniors in the Indian team strike a rapport with Mr Fletcher.The equation between Eric Simmons and the new backroom team will also be crucial.The sargeant master command system didnt work for India neither did the ego overloaded innuendo based regimes.psst.Mr G Chappell, The underrated Paddy Upton and his role in knitting the fabric that provided the results will aslo be missed.Fletcher can be credited with providing the "bottle" that Nasser Hussain bangs on about,this Indian team with all it's talent and new found confidence will need skill management Blooding a new middle order and nurturing the maverick skills of a Sehwag .Yuvraj,and an ageing Zaheer hopefully will not be beyond the "great Duncan"

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:39 GMT)

Ohh....Thats Great.....Hope He Would Give India the next cricket world cup.....

Posted by Jim1207 on (April 27, 2011, 7:34 GMT)

Good selection. Appointment of hard-working 62-year old Duncan Fletcher as the coach would only help 38-year old Sachin to play for few more years in his career.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:34 GMT)

will see how it works..........

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:33 GMT)

Am a bit sceptical... was it so necessary to rush this appointment?

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:29 GMT)

GUD CHOICE.....but i fear his temperament is similar to chapell n buchanan!!

Posted by Swamin on (April 27, 2011, 7:29 GMT)

Welcome. But he is already 62 years, how he will throw balls to Sachin during practice

Posted by karthikvlk on (April 27, 2011, 7:28 GMT)

surprise announcement. anyway all the best to fletcher

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:25 GMT)


Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:24 GMT)

I think he will do same like something Chappell ! Gary was the best coach in his coaching India won WC ! to be a coach he should be a good player !

Posted by The_Knack_of_Flying on (April 27, 2011, 7:24 GMT)

More like shocking news to me. No announcement on probable candidates. No committee to interview, etc. Was there any process followed ?

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:23 GMT)

hope he will continue the same way as garry and make India do better in future. All the best to duncan and Teem India.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:22 GMT)

& dts a reasonable decision... post garry dere ws required sm1 who wl carry forward his good work instead of toying constatntly wd newer ideas. Fletcher was "the man" 4 d engish crickt revival... in indias scenario ders no revival or revamp needed, just 2 kp going wd d flow... ALL LUCK 4u Mr FLETCHER...

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:21 GMT)

All the best ..............................

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

It is difficlult to replace Gary's position any how all the vert best Fletcher....

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

NO , just a simple no! with the indian team riding on high after the successes of he recetn past where they have been grinding out defeats rather than winning "aussie style" a coach known to have his own sense of working apart from the treid and tested mehtods of Kirsten , might backfire on the current team ala greg chappel! I hope im wrong but i think its a bad move...wouldve thought someone like pollock would be a good replacement for kirsten to carry on his work...lets wait and see.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:16 GMT)

They dont have enough able ppl in India? Cummon man why always foreign coach? are the Indians are inferior? We are supposedly world champions in cricket if I am not wrong.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (April 27, 2011, 7:15 GMT)

Congraulations to Duncan Fletcher on been appointed as Indian Coach.

Posted by simbu_silambarasan on (April 27, 2011, 7:15 GMT)

Good choice as he was Gary's recommendation too.. lets see to what level the indian team goes in his presence...

Posted by Smithie on (April 27, 2011, 7:14 GMT)

Australia will be very happy withe news that Mr Negative has been appointed. Insightful judgement Mr Srinivasan.

Posted by Abhisekdsweetheart on (April 27, 2011, 7:13 GMT)

a big wrong decision,andy flower should b d man leading our team

Posted by yorkslanka on (April 27, 2011, 7:13 GMT)

Very good signing for India.he seemed to do wonders with England when he coached them.will be. Interesting to see how the team react as he seems to be a strict coach.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:12 GMT)

Surprise choice... We will have to wait and watch how he gels with Dhoni and his men...

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:11 GMT)

No coach would have been the best option then Fletcher. Was expecting Fleming to take the responsibility after Kirsten. Disappointed :(

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:11 GMT)

i hope that the good work started by gary will be taken carefully by mr. dutchen fletcher

Posted by laksmrperfect on (April 27, 2011, 7:11 GMT)

Fletcher bagged the top job in the Indian team ahead of names like former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming and former Zimbabwe player Andy Flower. Fletcher happens to be Kirsten's recommendation and certainly someone with a proven record

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:09 GMT)

Now India wil lose everything... Zimbabwe player for india will be bad.

Posted by laksmrperfect on (April 27, 2011, 7:08 GMT)

Duncan Fletcher appointed as the new coach of the Indian Cricket Team. Good choice for bcci.........

Posted by Knightriders_suck on (April 27, 2011, 7:08 GMT)

You have to be kidding me. Not an ex england coach.... Chapell redux.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:07 GMT)

They should have roped in an Indian instead. Someone like a Maninder Singh, Arun Lal, L Sivaramakrishnan would have been a good choice

Posted by Magz on (April 27, 2011, 7:06 GMT)

OMG! Hope Duncan can carry on from where Guru Gary has left off! Wish him the best!

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:06 GMT)

best of luck.........................

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:05 GMT)

They sure are gonna miss Gary... Hopefully Gary will coach South Africa.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:04 GMT)

i hope he ill bring ind best team

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:04 GMT)

Keep your fingers crossed buddy????

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (April 27, 2011, 7:04 GMT)

All the best Duncan Fletcher and Team India. Hope we will continue our successful journey.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:02 GMT)

interesting choice! though fletcher is good, somebody younger (more like kirsten) might have been a better option!

Posted by SilentVoyager on (April 27, 2011, 7:01 GMT)

WOW! From the guy who is in his early 40's (Kirsten) to the guy who is in his early 60's (Fletcher). Hope Duncan doesn't let his age reflect in his coaching abilities and will be a good one for India. Congrats to Duncan and all the best.

Posted by Psyc_s on (April 27, 2011, 7:01 GMT)

Seems to be a very fast decision by BCCI...I hope they had consulted the captain and other senior pros in the team before reaching this decision...Considering his age, how can he do these thousands of throw downs to Sachin before every match? Any way, All the best Duncan...Let indian team scale new heights under your regime.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:01 GMT)

I hope he takes Indian Cricket to new heights with MSD. Best of luck to him.

Posted by udit87 on (April 27, 2011, 7:00 GMT)

what the hell? i think we would have been better off without a coach!

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 7:00 GMT)

this is totally out of the blue, BCCI has never been so prompt... this has definately taken me by surprise!

Posted by vinayjayaram on (April 27, 2011, 6:59 GMT)

whoa..2 days back a statement from BCCI saying No hurry to appoint a new coach and now an announcement comes out of the blue..

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 6:59 GMT)

Its not a good move. He only concentrate on Test matches. Now what about ODI`s ??

Posted by   on (April 27, 2011, 6:58 GMT)

Good Choice! He can take this Champion side to the Dominant one.

Posted by tones765 on (April 27, 2011, 6:58 GMT)

OMG! This comes to me as a complete shock! He has proven credentials however it remains to be seen how he gets along with the players. Definitely has the right attitude to succeed! Good Luck Mr.Fletcher! And a very warm welcome! :)

I however would have looked at the likes of Stephen Fleming, Tom Moody or Dav Whatmore!

Posted by aavi242 on (April 27, 2011, 6:57 GMT)

yo!!!!! looks a good move

Posted by gopi_dhillon on (April 27, 2011, 6:56 GMT)

Not bad at all . Expect the team to continue performing the same way they have been ! love you india. World Cup Champions woooo

Posted by Shabrani on (April 27, 2011, 6:56 GMT)

That's Great Decision by BCCI Sir MS DHONI is lucky Captain ever...Lage Raho INDIA

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Dec 28-31, 2014 (09:30 local | 04:00 GMT | 23:00 EST | 22:00 CST | 20:00 PST)
Group A: Bengal v Mumbai at Kolkata
Dec 28-31, 2014 (09:30 local | 04:00 GMT | 23:00 EST | 22:00 CST | 20:00 PST)
Group B: Delhi v Gujarat at Delhi
Dec 28-31, 2014 (09:30 local | 04:00 GMT | 23:00 EST | 22:00 CST | 20:00 PST)
Group B: Haryana v Odisha at Rohtak
Dec 28-31, 2014 (09:30 local | 04:00 GMT | 23:00 EST | 22:00 CST | 20:00 PST)
Group C: Hyderabad v Services at Hyderabad
Dec 28-31, 2014 (09:30 local | 04:00 GMT | 23:00 EST | 22:00 CST | 20:00 PST)
Group C: Jharkhand v Kerala at Dhanbad
Dec 28-31, 2014 (09:30 local | 04:00 GMT | 23:00 EST | 22:00 CST | 20:00 PST)
Group A: M. Pradesh v Baroda at Gwalior
Dec 28-31, 2014 (09:30 local | 04:00 GMT | 23:00 EST | 22:00 CST | 20:00 PST)
Group B: Rajasthan v Vidarbha at Jaipur
Dec 28-31, 2014 (09:30 local | 04:00 GMT | 23:00 EST | 22:00 CST | 20:00 PST)
Group B: Saurashtra v Punjab at Rajkot
Dec 28-31, 2014 (09:30 local | 04:00 GMT | 23:00 EST | 22:00 CST | 20:00 PST)
Group A: Tamil Nadu v Railways at Chennai
Dec 28-31, 2014 (09:30 local | 04:00 GMT | 23:00 EST | 22:00 CST | 20:00 PST)
Group C: Tripura v Goa at Agartala
Dec 28-31, 2014 (09:30 local | 04:00 GMT | 23:00 EST | 22:00 CST | 20:00 PST)
Group A: U. Pradesh v J + K at Kanpur
Dec 28-31, 2014 (09:30 local | 04:00 GMT | 23:00 EST | 22:00 CST | 20:00 PST)
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