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Gavaskar, Kapil criticise Fletcher's appointment

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April 28, 2011

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Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev at a function celebrating the silver jubilee of the 1983 World Cup win, Bangalore, June 3, 2008
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Former India captains Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev have criticised the appointment of Duncan Fletcher as the coach of the national team, saying the BCCI should have instead picked a former India player.

"Someone like [Mohinder] Amarnath would have been a better choice for the simple reason that the core of the Indian team today is from the Hindi-speaking belt," Gavaskar told the NDTV news channel. "He would have got on brilliantly with this group as well as the seniors. It would have been a lot easier for Amarnath to understand and interact with the players.

"Apart from that he has got a fabulous record of making comebacks, he knows what it is to be down and then come back up. There is a perception and a wrong one that an Indian [coach] can be influenced and that he will get involved in politics. You are presuming that he cannot be a strong person."

Kapil said Robin Singh and Venkatesh Prasad, who were fielding and bowling coaches of the side for more than two years until October 2009, should have got the nod again. "Who is Duncan Fletcher?," Kapil, who played against Fletcher in the 1983 World Cup, asked the Hindustan Times newspaper. "That happened almost 30 years ago. I don't remember much of him as a player. I would like to see Prasad and Robin as coaches of the Indian team. Not because they are Indians but because they did a great job at the T20 World Cup in 2007."

The BCCI have not appointed an Indian coach since the era of John Wright, under whose watch India began to win consistently abroad and made the final of the 2003 World Cup. Greg Chappell, who took over from Wright, endured mixed results, including an ignominious first-round exit at the 2007 World Cup. Gary Kirsten, who was recommended by a panel that incidentally included Gavaskar, oversaw another turnaround, taking India to the top of the Test ranking table before ending his stint with a win in the 2011 World Cup.

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Posted by hahn on (April 30, 2011, 11:19 GMT)

Fletcher is a poor choice for the coach's job. The standards of work ethic set by Gary Kirsten should not have been entrusted to someone like him, i think Justin Langer would have fitted in better.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2011, 9:14 GMT)

Why are the yester year greats like Gavaskar and Kapil still having old days mentality like players from Hindi belt would be getting on well with Jimmy Amarnath/ other Indian coaches, this is exactly the problem. Are they writing off cricketers from Non Hindi belt from joining the Indian squad in the next year or two??? We have seen in the past and present, when yester year greats sit as selectors, they seem to favour may be ever so slightly to someone from their respective region / state boards. We are country of diverse culture and language united by INDIA....but to be impartial and to pick and groom the right talent to the team, it will be better if we have a foreign coach.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (April 30, 2011, 2:54 GMT)

Stephen Fleming would have been the best coach. Great player and great person he gets on with anybody. Fleming has played in every cricketing country and has player with most of the current Indian team. Only reason I can see not picking Fleming is that he is inexperienced with only about 3-4 years under his belt.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2011, 9:59 GMT)

India should come out of Gavaskar-mania. He was one of the most selfish player ever played for India....Remember his 36* or 60 overs!! or when he walked off the field against the Aussies in the test match!He should be kept out of India's Cricket decisions as far as possible. Why was Hindi speaking core was not an issue for Gary Kirsten!

Posted by HarishVS on (April 29, 2011, 8:45 GMT)

Both of these are legendary cricketers of India and command respect by their deeds as well as their thinking abilities on cricket. May be they are just of the view that the appointment of Duncan may not be suitable for this Indian team. Gavaskar has already supported Kirsten and other coaches and hence is not totally against any foreign coaches. May be he got vivid with Duncan's selection and did not put up his words as exactly as he would have actually meant. And Kapil also looks clearly angry with Duncan's name and this is his reaction. So instead of criticising these greats for their slightly off guard comments, my question is, is Duncan the right candidate to succeed Gary? Time only will let us know this.. Anyway I am not ready to anything lesser than No.1 position for Dhoni's Team in all forms of the game!

Posted by   on (April 29, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

Coaching is not about character, language skills, or how well you performed during your heyday. It is about an ability to identify/rectify/implement/enhance certain skills of a performer. It is also not a pension fund for past cricketers who contributed well to Indian cricket but couldn't cash in. A coach needs to be a good communicator but that doesn't mean he should be able to speak hindi. Tomorrow if you find a cricketer who doesn't speak hindi/english you will never be able to put him in the team because of these constraints. Rather BCCI could employ an english (not country, meaning english as in speaking) interpreter/teacher for the players.

Really sad to see Gavaskar who generally is shrewd, to point out something as trivial as Hindi speaking ability

Posted by Fujixerox on (April 29, 2011, 7:07 GMT)

Foreign coaches including John Wright and Gary Kristen have proven themselves and hence it would be inappropriate to get a domestic coach now. Secondly, Gavaskar's comment on bulk of the players from Hindi-speaking belt. Does it mean that non-Hindi speaking players will not be selected or due to the coach's limitation, only Hindi-speaking will be selected which will leave out Vijay, Ashwin, Sreesanth and Bihar. I think English is more universal and no problem for our engineer-cricketers whose English is best in the world.

Posted by kandynosori on (April 29, 2011, 6:46 GMT)

duncan fletcher's appointment comes at a best time for the indian team. Sunilgavaskar, kapildev and other big names are good cricketers but they can't become a good coach. robinsingh, venkatesh prasad were stop gap coach but could not produce good results in feilding and bowling dept, records speak. If u look at the present english team KP, Strauss, Collingwood etc.,, where groomed during duncan's tenure which is now producing results. indian cricketers cannot become a good coach for example jimmy amarnath was a coach of kenyan team and sandeep patil also coached kenya but could not produce good results. Duncan fletcher can develop the indian team bench strenghfor next decade after the retirement of big three musketeers( Sachin the god Tendulkar, Rahul the Wall Dravid, Very very special laxman)

Posted by siddhant328 on (April 29, 2011, 6:24 GMT)

I think Mohinder Amarnath would have been a better selection than Duncan Fletcher, but the reason should not be the language spoken by team members. Being an Indian, everyone must know Hindi and being an international stalwart one needs to have good grip on English as well. But if anybody supports Duncan Fletcher only because he/she has doubt on capabilities of an Indian coach, I must have to say that currently since we are new World Champions, this attitude among players is always there and what a coach needs to exercise is to just maintain the same attitude. It was the absolute moment when dependency on foreigners necessitated to be avoided. Fletcher, however might be a good coach. No doubt, he owns a vast experience. And sometimes, people who were not very good players in their times use to prove as a good coach. But, my sixth sense is indicating that he might go on to have a session similar to those of Greg Chappell or Bob Woolmer. It all happens in subcontinent...... Aameen..

Posted by   on (April 29, 2011, 6:17 GMT)

Yep north and south divide again. anyways the current trend is that the south guys also know Hindi language as they learn more. so an indian coach also could have been a good idea. but by dividing india into north and south has made me loose respect for both gawasker and kapil to the lowest ever for them.

Posted by AllwinJ on (April 29, 2011, 6:10 GMT)

In a rather foolish way, both Gavaskar and Kapil have given more reasons why we should choose a foreign coach. People like them bring a lot of head weight, regional politics and attention seeking syndrome with them and will only divide the team further. But there are sane Indian people for sure who would make a good coach.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2011, 5:37 GMT)

India have achieved a lot under Kirsten. They have understood the concept of teamwork - something which was totally lacking under Gavaskar. Kapil led by example in the 1983 world cup, but beyond that he does not have much to show as a captain. It would be much better if these ex-captains keep their opinions to themselves. They have not contributed much to the growth of cricket in India.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2011, 5:22 GMT)

No coaches required for this team, pick dialog writers from bollywood , because majority players are from the 'hindi-speakin belt'

Posted by Sitting-on-a-gate on (April 29, 2011, 5:13 GMT)

@Bytheway - touche - you got it perfectly right

Posted by indianzen on (April 29, 2011, 5:09 GMT)

Wasim Akram and Stephen Fleming would be the right choice... Hindi speaking ? oh yeah Wasim can speak Urdu to zaheer khan and Munaf... what else do you need ?

Posted by CheryDayan on (April 29, 2011, 5:08 GMT)

Great thought by Gavaskar... I just wanted to know whether Gary was teaching the TEAM in Hindi or English which won the WORLDCUP !!! Gavaskar should keep this sort of foolish thoughts with himself.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2011, 5:04 GMT)

good article.kapil dev and gavaskar are rigt

Posted by   on (April 29, 2011, 4:31 GMT)

i once read an article which mentioned that Gary kristen used to throw more then 1000 balls every day during practice session with Indian batsmen. he was there for players on the field, not sitting on a couch and asking other to do. he worked along with team india, this kind of attitude is hard to find in our past generation cricketers. i would have preferred a young coach who can be on the field with guys sweating it out.

Posted by Naren on (April 29, 2011, 4:25 GMT)

Indian coaches will always be biased towards their regional preferences. Also what is the point in having an Indian coach? They bring the same ideas or probably outdated ideas. I have great respect for Amarnath etc as players, but they can never make good coaches. Also getting a foreign coach is going to help us in foreign conditions and their knowledge about the respective teams. An Indian coach is not going to do any value addition. I am not entirely sure of Duncan Fletcher's appointment though. But he will bring a lot of planning and knowledge about England and Australia. We already had one South African coach, so we will have all the bases covered. Anyway with so many IPL coaches guiding the Indian players we have a great pool of knowledge anyway. Also foreign coaches will have better backroom staffs to take care of the fitness and mental aspects.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2011, 3:21 GMT)

The good old North Indian bias is showing up again. Yes, Gavaskar is right, the core of the team is Hindi speaking, but the job is to coach INDIA, not just Hindi speaking India. South Indian guys like R Ashwin, Robin Uthappa, and M Vijay are all fringe players who might get some more chances in the near future. I just lost a lot of respect for Sunil Gavaskar.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2011, 3:08 GMT)

i think the idea of foreign coaches is to bring in fresh ideas of how to mentally handle for abroad fixtures , not that indian coaches wouldn't be able to deliver but indians really started to win only since DADA's captaincy and there cannot be anyone better to know how it is to play in sub-continent conditions ( or anywhere else in the world ) than the great SRT . So i think foreign coaches really would do a very great job.....

Posted by ensync on (April 29, 2011, 3:06 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 time..im sure kirsten used the ideologies of fletcher duing his tenure as well.. and not being skeptical BUT REALLY.. HAVENT WE HAVE SEEN A LOT WITH INDIAN COACHES..??? i mean the last one was Anshuman gaikwad.. u recollect the history.. im all supportive of foriegn coaches..since there is a added comfort of being neutral mostly.. but anyways.. john wright, gary kirsten.. examples of best things worked out as coaches for us..even KAPIL DEV had no much success..now they all jump indians should be coaches ..coaching job can/should be neutral post

Posted by Sundeep52 on (April 29, 2011, 2:55 GMT)

@ Arrow Bowman: Hindi is not the only Indian National Language. Moreover, no one can force another person on his choices of language / religion. I agree that all should communicate in one language and that should be English - no nepotism - every member is on a same plane. Your preferred form of communication decides which group you'd likely to be a part of. If the coach has Hindi as a preferred language then there will be 3-4 groups - Hindi speaking, hindi understanding, non-hindi. There cannot be more than 1 group in a team game. Exactly the reason why an Indian coach will never work.

Posted by wolf777 on (April 29, 2011, 2:44 GMT)

Responding to Hiren Patel…Check the results of India-WI series that followed the 1983 World Cup to find out how great of a leader Kapil Dev was.

Posted by cricketloverusa on (April 28, 2011, 23:58 GMT)

Amarnath would have been a worst choice. He is known for his laid back attitute and slow scoring capabilities ( he can bat the entire day and stll score less than 50 runs !!!) . This type of attitude will not work with this generation of cricketers. We need coaches that are assertive and aggessive. Sunil Gavaskar is 100% wrong in saying that Jimmy should have been the coach since he can get along well with guys from the Northern belt. Coaching is not just about getting along. if that were the case you could hire a "pleasantly speaking" hindi guy ! We need coaches that can show our team to be assertive and aggressive and enforce positive thinking thinking cricketers don't fit that bill! May be Saurav Ganguly and the next generation of cricketers can become excellent coaches!

Posted by Bytheway on (April 28, 2011, 23:22 GMT)

In a roundabout way, Gavaskar and Kapil present a strong case for a foreign coach.

Posted by Vibrant_Patel on (April 28, 2011, 22:35 GMT)

I guess Indian cricket fans don't mind foreign coaches...!! We hv lot of foreign coaches in IPL too..!! Most of 'em are doing good job too... But, only problem with Fletcher is his relatively high Age... bcoz, in a sports like cricket.. especially in Indian conditions... it always good 2 have more younger coach..!!! There r lot of candidates like Fleming, Flower, Gilchrist, etc.. or to improve our bowling.. Pollock, Hadlee, Marshal, etc...!! Robin singh or Johnty Rhodes would be better choice 4 fielding coach too..!!!

Posted by SRT_Jammy_Dada_VVS_and_Anil_legends on (April 28, 2011, 20:42 GMT)

Strange comments. Even if a predominantly Hindi-speaking team were true (there is Dravid, Zaheer, Bhajji etc.), that hasn't stopped the previous foreign coaches from communicating well. What Gavaskar and Kapil are saying would prevent any foreigner from coaching on the subcontinent solely on the basis of their first language. In club football, managers have to cope with players who speak as many as 10 different languages. Merit should decide who gets the job. Simple as that.

Posted by amitksingh on (April 28, 2011, 19:48 GMT)

INDIAN TEAM doesn't need any one to coach them that old. The choice of a young coach could have been better than an exhausted , underachieved coach n player like DUNCAN Fletcher.

Posted by Richard777 on (April 28, 2011, 19:30 GMT)

It seems to me that the feeling of being "only one and special" is now shared with the new guys. Since, Kapil and Gavaskar have to share the limelight of being WC Chamaps with this new Indian outfit the arrows are shooting out from their mouth.

As for foreign coaches and their technique, please remember, Bob Woolmer was one of the BEST COACH and there was nothing extra ordinary about him being a first class test player or a one day player. Same can be added for the Australian Legend John Buchanan who led Australian cricket team to such heights that nobody had ever seen before (perhaps the old Windies with Viv, Clive Lyod, etc...).

I seriously hope this article is a belated april fool's joke otherwise I have really lost respect for both Gavaskar and Kapil Dev for causing linguistic parting which is along the same lines as regional parting of Mr. Raj Thakrey (can't believe I respected this dude by calling him Mr. ;))

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 19:30 GMT)

DESI coaches are not as good as VIDESHI coaches. Accept it. Sandip Patil took Kenya to semi finals in 2003 for them he was a VIDESHI so it worked.

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

At 62, Gavaskar has now gone officially senile!

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 19:25 GMT)

Last time i checked , Gavaskar was an English commentator and not a Hindi one He certianly does not walk his talk and am doubtful if he can be even half as fluent in Hindi. Besides , was he not one of the main advisors-probably the main advisor- to select Gary Kirsten? Why did he not advise on Aamarnath then.? Did Amarnath send you on an expensive vacation Sunny? Add to this mix the non-Hindi belt hint for Robin and Prasad from Kapil and you what a sorry mess of politics selection always gets into , even from renowned legends of Indian cricket. Moerover this misplaced language affiliation belittles Indian players . Lack of English language in India is a pejorative implication lacking urban finesse. so what on earth is Sunny trying to say and prove.?

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 19:15 GMT)

@beastmaster - Why there is a divide here on Hindi - Non- Hindi? Gavaskar is right he is talking of present Hindi speaking boys. It is India, we are proud to have a national language & we are proud to talk in Hindi. If anybody does not speak Hindi he can learn it, it is after all an easy language to learn. Sreesanth & Dinesh Karthik both learnt easily just by mingling with other members of the team. There should be no criteria for Non Hindi or Hindi speaking players to get selected. All should have 1 language & none better than our national language.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 19:15 GMT)

I speak Tamil... i don't know Hindi... lol gavaskar... grow up dude instead of bringing language in this.

Posted by Longmemory on (April 28, 2011, 18:42 GMT)

The strongest justification for a foreign coach has just been made by Sunny through his comment. Enough said.

Posted by Abhinandan on (April 28, 2011, 18:41 GMT)

He means Amarnath is more comfortable in speaking hindi. Hindi speaking also includes player from punjab gujrat and maharastra (pathans zaheer khan, tendulkar, harbhajan). Players also speak in hindi during the matches so that their oponent can not understand. (other than pakistani). Also one more thing just because of tendulkar in the team no other star players show their ego. (dhoni, yuvraj, harbhajan, sehwag, zaheer). Once He will be gone Indian team will also have factions. (new kind of headache)

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 18:41 GMT)

ridiculous.i never expected such irresponsible and immature comments from persons like gavaskar and kapil dev.amarnath was a great cricketer.but what has been his involvement and connections with active cricket for the last 25 years.he was a disaster and a miserable failure when he was the coach of an out fit like bangladesh.if the criteria for being an indian coach is proficiency in hindi and having made come backs during his career then why wasn't he made the coach earlier.as regards kapil dev's comments "who is duncan flether" KAPIL should know that the new generation of cricket lovers bred on ipl and the follwers of the likes of asnodker's,bharat chipli's,sunny sohal's,and the iqbal abdulla's wii be asking the same questions about the greatest player produced by india.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 18:40 GMT)

I wanted Stephen Fleming the current CSK coach to take up this role. I thought he striked a wonderful partership with MSD for Chennai and they could have taken it to the national level as well. Fleming was also more or less the Kirsten who likes to stay in the background and is also a very respected former international player and captain. He in my book was one of the best captains of his era

Posted by CricketExpertUSA on (April 28, 2011, 18:32 GMT)

I have been watching cricket since Gavaskar was a teen. I have to say, with due respect to Gavaskar, he is not exactly an angel. He is a great cricketer but you don't want him speaking as an expert. He was a player, not a statesman. I still remember he decided to get out in the Bangalore test long time ago because he was angry. Yes, just because he got mad at someone before he walked out. His torturous 60 not out in World Cup is well-known. Very poor and stupid statement indeed. Frankly, yes, it is better to have a foreign coach so that they are not influenced by local politics. Can you imagine Gavaskar being a coach? Also, who says it is always going to be a Hindi belt a year down the road. Stupid?

Posted by Mr_Anonymous on (April 28, 2011, 18:21 GMT)

@Jayanth, I agree with you. The comments Sunil and Kapil have made are petty to say the least (slightly unbecoming of their credibility/reputation).

I have a suggestion. How about we appoint Mohinder Amarnath (my other choices would be Lalchand Rajput or Sandeep Patil) as the interim coach for the West Indies tour as Duncan Fletcher won't be available for that one? That will give the Indian players a feel for an Indian coach as well and maybe India will be ready for a local coach in 2-4 years time frame.

Personally, I think Duncan Fletcher will do a very good job but let's wait and see. This is really a big challenge for him and it seems like he thrives on this kind of challenge. I personally welcome his selection and wish him the best of luck.

I also think that from the outset, we should give Fletcher the option of skipping less important tours/give him a break (like say if we ever finally have a home series against Zim/Bangla) and try out Indian coaches if he wants a break.

Posted by SunilPotnis on (April 28, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

I agree with Gavaskar and Kapil 100%. Mohinder is class person with tremendous gritt and determination

Posted by slowerball on (April 28, 2011, 18:09 GMT)

Puzzled about Duncan Fletcher's appt, but Sunil Gavaskar's comment "...would have been a better choice for the simple reason that the core of the Indian team today is from the Hindi-speaking belt" I mean; what does India need to do to eradicate this kind of thoughts and thinkers?! All the team must do is win! Why does he not just say that he is sore at not getting the job? JimmyA is a gentleman, please don't use his shoulder to fire your guns. Btw, did any one hear that Gary Kirsten will now write his biography in Hindi, himself!

Posted by RaviNarla on (April 28, 2011, 18:08 GMT)

Gary was a great coach becoz, he got himself involved in most of the activities like tennis ball practices to batsmen, slip catching to fielders and working out along with the players. Not sure if Duncan can match that given his age. Also he needs to put himself in Gary shoes and support from behind rather being a frontrunner. Good luck for Duncan. As for the comments by Sunil and Kapil they are just their opinions and not facts. In fact Mohinder Amarnath was overlooked by Sunil year ago for the same position.

Posted by Harshtmm on (April 28, 2011, 18:08 GMT)

I don't agree with Gavaskar and Kapil on Indian coach, but Fletcher is a very poor choice.

Posted by sanjeevmukherjee2006 on (April 28, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

@gavaskar dont play politics u and kapil have played lots of politics in ur playing days. Oh so u mean gary, john, greg had translators wen they used to talk with indian players. And please dont bring region thing in our team. U were a failure in odi and venky he was not a fast bowler, afridi is faster than him

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

Not sure If its really the so called Hindi Belt in the Test squad . The likes of Dravid, Laxman,Ohja,Vijay and sreesanth are defenitely not the Hindi Belt. BTW. Does the Language really matters in the modern Cricket ?? IF thats the case I would have made Nayan Mongia as the coach , because he use to speak in Hindi all the time while keeping behind the wicket.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 17:56 GMT)

I think Prasad would be a good bowling coach. Under him the fast bowlers did well. It was when he left that our fast bowlers started losing rhythm and pace.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 17:55 GMT)

Hmm...Kirsten didn't speak Hindi either. It's pretty disappointing to hear such divisive comments from a great of the game. All of us Indians speak different languages. Obviously people from the South will not be as good at Hindi. What if we pick a Southern player like Abhimanyu Mithun for the England tour? What about Murali Vijay?

Posted by East_West on (April 28, 2011, 17:54 GMT)

Hindi-speaking belt???? Well, Gavaskar is one guy who runied Indian team with mumbai-centric politics during his era NOW creating another drama with "hindi-speaking"....in fact this is the EXACT REASON why SouthEast Asian teams are opting for FOREIGN Coaches!!! We, Indians are filled with "bias against region, religion..." I am not sure when we are going to learn to be UNITED!!! When??? Oh! well, what a wishful thinking?? As long as idiots like Gavaskar has a mike to speak, this is what he rants!! He was a good batsman BUT a lousy bloke who talks nonsense!!!

Posted by crikbuff on (April 28, 2011, 17:50 GMT)

Sunil Gavaskar is gone mad and is talking rubbish. He chose Greg Chappell as India's coach, with disastrous consequences. Now, he should shut his mouth about coaching selections. And Kapil Dev was a major failure as India's coach. Robin Singh and Prasad were failures in their coaching stints as well. Success as a cricketer is no criterion for coaching credentials!

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 17:49 GMT)

@elango chidambaram... you definitely do not make sense(don't ridicule yourself by saying this)... Hindi speaking is a credential that will definitely help people from the lower backgrounds who are coming up faster than ever to cope up with international pressure and personal crisis situations! More people understand hindi than they do english.. even though what a foreign coach brings to the table is what no indian coach can and that is true vice-versa. a mid way method is to have an indian manager and a foreign coach.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 17:43 GMT)

@Ajay Pande : I know this time fortunately it was Ashwin.. I cant believe that there are no good cricketers from Karnataka.. Do people remember Rahul Dravid(Sometimes our Saviour?) He hasnt retired from ODI and is playing quite well.. I dont see the point in having a Gavaskar quota for Sachin and not playing Dravid.. Dravid could have saved us from our extremely embarrassing Batting Fails.. I know I'm gonna get comments like Dravid is old, fine.. There is Vinay Kumar who bowls sensibly(Remember Sreesanth's World Cup Story{Not that he's a bad bowler}).. It very much looks like the End of the Line for cricketers from Karnataka.. Why? Because we arent glamourous enough or probably because we dont play shots out of the ground for 2-3 overs before throwing our wickets.. This is the state of Indian Cricket.. (People do remember the fisherman and the crab story right?)

Posted by ThinkCric on (April 28, 2011, 17:35 GMT)

Gavaskar simply proved the selectors right with his own comments... the comment about Hindi speaking belt shows his attitude and the same is expected of Indian coaches - easily influenced and not as professional!

Posted by bharath74 on (April 28, 2011, 17:31 GMT)

It was time that we needed Indian coaches.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (April 28, 2011, 17:19 GMT)

It is sad that two of the greatest cricketers from India have to make such statements. While it is understandable that someone like Mohinder Amarnath may have made an excellent coach, I wish these legends had not been so judgemental so soon about Fletcher. I am sure Sachin, and Dhoni would definitely have been in the know of Fletcher having been the chosen one. I also think that they would have endorsed the selection. This apart, I am not too sure about how objective Gavaskar is now considering his regional tendencies in the past which were well known.Kapil of course has become articulate only in recent times, and so is easily misunderstood often.

Posted by Finn92 on (April 28, 2011, 17:19 GMT)

I forgot that all south africans speak Hindi as a second dialect, silly sunny!

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 17:15 GMT)

Shane Warne was the best choice

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 17:10 GMT)

‎1)unfortunately kepler wessels is wanting to remain a comentry box and work more as a county coach/consultant... and it would have been hard for even him to say a no to India... but he wasn't approached! ‎2) andy flower joined england ... :( 3) Tom Moody was busy with western Australia and even he did not apply ..... 4) Stephen Fleming would have been better than Fletcher ofc... 5) people like steve waugh have time and time again expressed their desire to become coach of india if given a chance.. don't know where they were this time... 6) Indians won't settle or listen to sum1 who hasn't been there and done it himself(eric simons is an exception)

all in all a bad choice... too old for the job... he may be under or over rated ... but is record is too up and down and gary kirsten was just too good for his decendant to be any lesser than him...

an indian coach i think should make sense... not mohonder amarnath but maybe a robin singh or Even Gundappa Vishwanath can be awesome..

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 17:04 GMT)

Sour grapes Mr. Gavaskar????

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 16:51 GMT)

funny...after all, it was Gavaskar who chose Wright the first time, and then Guru Greg over Amarnath the last time...

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 16:45 GMT)

Well with all due respect to Sunny i feel he has spoken something which doesnt make much sense.If Sunny really wanted a indian for the watch what was he doing when he was the one who belonged to the commitee which selected Wright,chappel and kirsten.I feel he has missed it big time by making such comments

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 16:37 GMT)

Move on jokers and get a life. Your opinions are two amongst 1.3 billion Indians. Politics, politics and politics. Remember India is not hindicentric and don't start divisons in the team. ' able to speak hindi' What an excellent qualification to be a coach!!!! Check if any of the Indian coaches can match the acheivements of Duncan and other foreign coaches before you mouth off nonsense.

Posted by batmannrobin on (April 28, 2011, 16:36 GMT)

Ridiculous!!! SMG has every right to criticise the appointment and back Indian coaches.But the reason - Majority from Hindi Speaking belt????. Wat a crazy crazy reason . It was "India" which won the world cup and not east India , West India , North India or South India. A thoughtless comment !

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 16:35 GMT)

Gavaskar, one upon a time my hero, has shown once again just how much of the south end of a horse he is. His comments once upon a time about Azharuddin's sartorial tastes were gutter-level, and now the stink is prominent again.

Posted by Rahulbose on (April 28, 2011, 16:34 GMT)

The ongoing discussion on this appointment is rather crazy. No one seems to be commenting on the coaching skills and track record of Fletcher. Instead the concerns are he does not speak Hindi, not from India, etc. As an Indian fan I do have reservation about Duncan Fletcher but those are about how he coached in Eng. He routinely got involved in team selection, even player contracts. He likes to use spinners in defensive mode and is more interested with the runs they score (ala Giles over Panesar). He is not known to have a friendly approach, in fact is infamous as a sour puss.

Posted by IPL_is_Fixed on (April 28, 2011, 16:33 GMT)

Come on Kapil Paaji & Sunil M Gavaskar, John Wright & Gary Kirsten have done stupendous job for Indian Cricket. Yeah, IPL is killing Cricket now... Indian Coaches should not be ignored but Indian Coaches, whenever got chance, have not leaved their mark on Indian Cricket History. Dada, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman all these players should be taken note in future when Coach selection process is ON. Indian Coaches should not be ignored if their are competitive. And Indians should be on Toes and give a tough competition to Foreign Coaches.

Posted by Cnew_all_rounder on (April 28, 2011, 16:31 GMT)

@@gentlemans-game , well said..

Cool Deal........lets hire one coach from all the different languages in the country......... we will have more coaches than players..... ;-)

Posted by timelord24 on (April 28, 2011, 16:28 GMT)

has mohinder amarnath been a coach continuously over the past few years? what experience has he got in coaching? yes he may have been a brilliant batsman but that doesn't necessarily make you the leading candidate. fletcher has pedigree. he has led england to series wins against australia and has got glowing recommendations from all the batsmen he has coached. so i think this is a good appointment for the indian cricket team. all this talk of the batsmen being from hindi speaking areas is utter nonsense. everyone knows english these days and language should be the last criteria upon which selection should be based

Posted by Ezhiyl on (April 28, 2011, 16:28 GMT)

@Ajay: Oh yeah, he gives chance to Ranji's most prolific opener and the best bowler still ppl hav a problem with his selection. Inspite of Badri's profess in Ranji (top run scorer for this year) he was given barely a chance in Nagpur test in which he fared pretty well only to be dropped after that. I really can't understand how Chikka is said to be regionalistic when everyone can agree that Vijay has proven himself as a test opener whenever Gambhir is unavailable and Ashwin had his worth shown in the World Cup. After ages of having guys like Ramesh Powar, Ajit Agarkar, Kuruvilla, Vikram Rathore, SS Dass, selected for no rhyme or reason, ppl find issues with the current selection system. Remember that this was the same system that gave 60 odd ODI's to a perennially under-performing Rohit Sharma, 100 odd ODIs to Md Kaif, 30 odd ODIs to Ravi Jadeja

BTW what sort of a moronic comment is that core of the Indian team is from Hindi belt. Now we've started having belts for the country.

Posted by aarkayne on (April 28, 2011, 16:27 GMT)

I am surprised someone with so much worldly wisdome like Gavaskar makes a puerile comment such as the one he has just made. What the Indian team today consists of may change within months and what happens if the majority of the people are from from the non-Hindi speaking belt then?

A coach will figure out a way of communicating with his team regardless and if he CANT he should not be appointed the coach period. Does not matter if it is Jimmy Amarnath or Duncan Fletcher or Venkatesh Prasad or Robin Singh. Robin comes from the West Indies and settled in Chennai. So what about his Hindi or other language speaking skills.

Silly selection comments by a cricketing great.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 16:24 GMT)

@Elango Chidambaram fYI english and hindi are OFFICIAL languages of india Neither the Constitution of India nor Indian law specifies a national language, a position supported by a High Court ruling

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 16:19 GMT)

most dumb comments by the duo

Posted by Angad11 on (April 28, 2011, 16:12 GMT)

"Who is Duncan Fletcher?" -- LOL, that was mean.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 16:02 GMT)

" the core of the Indian team today is from the Hindi-speaking belt" so unfortunate is't it ? all the others struggle to get decent chances in the team ....like badrinath ...........

Posted by timelord24 on (April 28, 2011, 15:49 GMT)

has mohinder amarnath been a coach continuously over the past few years? what experience has he got in coaching? yes he may have been a brilliant batsman but that doesn't necessarily make you the leading candidate. fletcher has pedigree. he has led england to series wins against australia and has got glowing recommendations from all the batsmen he has coached. so i think this is a good appointment for the indian cricket team. all this talk of the batsmen being from hindi speaking areas is utter nonsense. everyone knows english these days and language should be the last criteria upon which selection should be based

Posted by deepman on (April 28, 2011, 15:45 GMT)

I think Kapil has forgotten a lot of things : 1) When he was the coach India performed really really bad .India lost 3-0 to Oz and 2-0 to SA 2) It was Duncan's team that made India totter at 17-5 before Kapil hit 175 , it was Duncan's "minnows" who beat the mighty Oz 3) Where Bob Woolmer,Dav Whatmore great cricketers?It's totally wrong to say that great cricketers make great coaches.Greg Chappel was a better batsman than Kirsten but it was Gary who was part of the WC win.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 15:44 GMT)

Gavaskar is a big with bad mouth. He should be closed his mouth if india wants to keep performing consistently.

Posted by jbenja on (April 28, 2011, 15:24 GMT)

Waste of time. They have completed thier shelf life and do something or other to stay in the limelight. Especially Sunil Gavaskar who played for himself. I read John Wrights book the other day and it states wot a bad influence this guy is on Indian cricket team. Its better he keeps doing wot he knows best - blowing Sachin's trumpets. Robin is offcourse a good coach and is still learning from Mumbai Indians. May be down the line, he should be though about.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 14:55 GMT)

All is well ....But, I think Danny Morrisson would have been better choice :))

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 14:44 GMT)

Ridiculous comments by Gavaskar. Since when speaking in Hindi is a requirement and does he forget that people from South India cannot speak Hindi and they will be part of the team as well?

English is the "unofficial" national language. And the comments below make valid points about the quaility of foreign coaches and what have helped Indian team achieve.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 14:37 GMT)

Kapil 'The Cricketer ' not knowing Duncan 'The Cricketer' is all fine, but in the same way Duncan 'The Coach' would not know anything about Kapil 'The Coach'. Talk about Amarnath, what experience/certification he has to coach a team of India's standards n if hindi was the pre requisite then we could have any of the TV anchors from Aaj Tak as Indian Coach. If Amarnath wants to be a coach he should show some coaching expertise at least at domestic level.

Posted by djdrastic on (April 28, 2011, 14:27 GMT)

WHAT HAVE FOREIGN COACHES DONE FOR US EXCEPT GET US TO TWO CRICKET WORLD CUP FINALS !!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 14:20 GMT)

@Karthik Thirunavukkarasu Panangondar & @Jayanth Sridhar exactly as Srikanth is pushing more than one player from TN -:))?

Posted by -VJ- on (April 28, 2011, 14:20 GMT)

This is not a reservation system, when the game is getting so global how does Language come as an issue. In IPL, most of our domestic players who are not great in english are working and teaming with Foriegn players without any issue. I think that is a very silly reason given by Mr. SG. Thank god, the current generation of players don't think or prepare for games like the older ones (refer SG and KD). I think our team's fearless cricket has won us the both T20 and 50 over world cups. All we need is a good captian and a coach who is willing to stay behind the scenes and guide the players when needed.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 14:18 GMT)

I love these guys...really! Great cricketers, but rather stupid in everything else! For eg. has anyone heard Gavaskar commenting about the MRF blimp..dang! And everyone knows the failed ICL and Kapil's hand in it or Sunil changing his mind regarding getting paid for the IPL. Kapil has even been the Indian coach for sometime...with terrible results. Now regarding their choice Mohinder...he was coach of the Bangla team before getting fired (Didn't he call the selectors a bunch of jokers one...well but thats another story) The bottom line is you can be from any country and not even have been a great player to be a great coach. The skill sets required are very different in each role. What only matters are past results...which Fletcher has with England and SA and THAT at the end of the day is what matters.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 14:17 GMT)

...ran out of space. We need a coach with experience of winning a series against Aussies. Fletcher has that. Under him England won against SA in SA, against SL in SL and against Pak in Pak. England were quite khadoos against India in India as well. Apparently Fletcher is great tactician. That's what we want. If India is to progress further and reach the next level, we will need to win abroad more consistently. Fletcher could be the man to help and guide the youngsters. Ideally, Robin Singh, Prasad, Pandit Amre should be assistant coaches under Fletcher so that they can be ready to take more responsibility once Fletcher's 2 years are up.Fletcher's challenge would be to get the seniors on his side. Else where, it has been reported that seniors had already met him and have had a decent chat while they were in SA. Having been Kirsten's coach and being based in Cape Town, I am sure he will seek a complete brief on the peculiarities of Indian conditions and how he should adjust to them.

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

Kapil and Gavaskar have been saying this for as long as I can remember. To talk about the ability to speak Hindi as a prerequisite for coaching success is somewhat bewildering after two very successful coaching partnerships from the recent past: Ganguly-Wright and Dhoni-Kirsten.What if we get a crop of players in 2 years who are not very conversant in Hindi, will that be reason enough then to drop Amarnath? This logic is pretty fuzzy and has not really proven to work, so the comments from these legends need to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Posted by US_Indian on (April 28, 2011, 14:13 GMT)

Well Gavaskar & Kapil even though I agree with you that Fletcher is not an ideal choice and any indian should have been given a chance, he might be as strong and as unpolitical as any other foreign coach, but just again you have shown your true colours by bringing in the Hindi belt type of politics in the justification, so just speaking Hindi alone is not enough, but Mohinder is a proven performer could make a good coach but i am not sure about his temparament, In my opinion Former india alrounder Syed Abid Ali could make a better coach, specially he could make the indians understand the significance of quick running between the wickets and fielding and catching. He could have made a great coach with his exposure, experience, being an allrounder, proven techniques, coaching credentials , good temparament, understanding the psyche of youngsters and above all the passion he has in him to contribute to the development in the game which gave him recognition. POINT TO PONDER.

Posted by nath1974 on (April 28, 2011, 14:13 GMT)

I was wondering why BCCI can't find an Indian coach and after reading Gavaskar's criticism of Fletcher I think BCCI made the right decision in picking a foreigner. He said "Someone like Amarnath would have been a better choice for the simple reason that the core of the Indian team today is from the Hindi-speaking belt.." . Though it's unfair I guess its quit natural for an individual to show favoritism in picking players from the corner of the world he is from if the talent pool to pick from are more or less equal. Gavaskar is from Bombay so is Mohinder. The scary part of Gavaskar's comment is his audacity in publically showing favoritism for players from Hindi-speaking belt. In choosing a foreign coach BCCI has stayed away from the regional politics associated with the Indian cricket and I believe they made the right choice. Can we lose Gavaskar's parade from all facet of the present day cricket please! Even his commentary are at times venomous and his analysis and stats often wrong

Posted by AllwinJ on (April 28, 2011, 14:08 GMT)

Thats the most illogical reasoning I have ever come across - speaking Hindi as the deciding factor between coaches. But then Gavaskar will contradict Kapil because both Prasad and Robin are not Hindi speakers. What a bunch of jokers.

Posted by timus6778 on (April 28, 2011, 14:06 GMT)

india also did very well under the caretaker coach chanddrakant pandit...so he can;t be kept out of the equation....and robin and prasad have done very well....their services should be taken by the board...have a main coach or manager rather, who would keep advising on the strategies and all....and let the players do the talking...again jimmy would have been a better choice...but we should now settle with fletcher, now that he is backed by the BCCI....good luck DUncan and good luck Team India...Jai Ho

Posted by Agni2 on (April 28, 2011, 14:06 GMT)

Gavaskar having one of his brain freezes..... What the heck does getting along well with Hindi heartland players have to do with being Indian cricket coach. This is the Indian team, not the Hindi heartland team last I checked. Comments like these illustrate why India is better off having a foreign coach with no baggage.

Posted by likeintcricket on (April 28, 2011, 14:04 GMT)

It is sad that all the South Asian teams are relying more and more on foreign coaches. They give credit to their successes to these hired coaches. But the fact is that the great teams of the past like Australia, West Indies and Pakistan are no longer that strong anymore and India is doing better because of its cricket structure, Academies and financial resources. Great players like Tendulkar, Kapil were discovered and developed by local coaches. These locals can communicate in their own language, have feeling for their country and can be easily available all the time.For foreign coaches this job is just another assignment. They are heavily paid, got no emotional attachment with the team and they can provide useful tips to other countries anytime. If we still don't perform under foreign coaches than what could be the next step?. Maybe start hiring the foreign players as well just like NBA, NFL or IPL.

Posted by CricSamraat on (April 28, 2011, 14:03 GMT)

It is good to know that Gary Kirsten's recommendation carried the day. Gary Kirsten is a successful coach, and, he would never, ever give a wrong recommendation because a sincere, successful, responsible, departing individual always wants to leave behind a lasting legacy. Gary Kirsten knows how to overcome any pangs of ego he may have as a human being, and, tackle the situations objectively, dispassionately - a la a true Yogi, a great doctor, a great scientist, a great poet, a great writer, a great director, a great administrator etc. etc. Duncan Fletcher appears to be built from the same great material as Gary Kirsten is. Let's all welcome Duncan Fletcher's appointment without any hesitation.

Posted by gentlemans-game on (April 28, 2011, 14:02 GMT)

Unbelievable! SMG talks about 'core of the team' from the Hindi belt. I thought India fielded a national team!!! He should step out of the commentary box once in a while and realse that times have moved on. Indians no longer look for familar ground (like language) to learn, or do well.

Posted by InsideHedge on (April 28, 2011, 14:00 GMT)

Kapil Dev's comments are a DISGRACE. Can you imagine the outrage if a foreign star, esp. a former player who lives in the past, made similar comments about an Indian cricketer?

But why take any notice of this man. Thank heavens, the WC was won again, we don't have to listen to this guy basking in former glory. Reminds me of that Springsteen song: "Glory Days, Glory Days.... And I hope when I get old I don't sit around thinking about it but I probably will Yeah, just sitting back trying to recapture a little of the glory of, well time slips away and leaves you with nothing mister but boring stories of glory days..."

Posted by cricmatters on (April 28, 2011, 13:59 GMT)

I do not believe that it is necessary to be a good player to be a good coach. Also I believe that all coaches have a use by date and should be replaced every five years. Duncan Fletcher is good choice because he has already proved himself by helping England win Ashes against a full strength Aussie team. BCCI took the safer option by going for a foreign coach as an Indian coach will always be under immense media pressure for regional bias, favouritism and lack of professionalism.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 13:59 GMT)

Indeed, as Kapil has said, Robin Singh has the credentials. he is doing a good job at Mumbai Indians and has also been a coach for India-U19, India A etc. Prasad could be considered as well. Sandeep Patil did a good job for a short while when he was the India coach in the 90s. He just wasn't given time settle and develop. Lachand Rajput filled in after Chappell's departure. India won the first ever T20 WC under him. He was in England too, with Borde when we won the series. Chandrakant Pandit and Pravin Amre have also been successful Indian coaches having helped Mumbai win the Ranji title. I don'r agree with the choice of Amarnath. I liked him immensely as a player. However he has no coaching credentials. He is probably older than Fletcher and just because he speaks Hindi and has made many comebacks is no guarantee that he would be a good coach. This year when we go to Australia, we will have the best chances to win a series there. Fletcher has the experience of winning against Aussies

Posted by intcamd on (April 28, 2011, 13:58 GMT)

Jayanth,

I care a heck of lot more about Sunny and Kappil think than "experts" such as yourself.

The fact is that Kapil and Sunny are the ones on whose shoulders the current generation and team are standing.

And they bring up good points; BCCI seems to be automatically eliminating Indians from their roster , which makes no sense. Apart from the obvious discriminatory aspect of it, it is also shutting the doors on coaches who could have been really good for the team. And we all know how corruption-free the BCCI is.

BCCI's choices have been all over the place. Kirsten was good, and Wright was alright but Chappel almost destroyed the Indian team, at a time when it could have been the 2nd best in the world.

No one knows if Fletcher will be good or bad; probably, the fate of Indian team rests a lot more n when SRT/RD/VVS retire and if we can find a 2nd fast bowler to help Zak. But Sunny and Kapil have done enough so their view points always need to be taken seriously.

Posted by sergio_fdes on (April 28, 2011, 13:58 GMT)

Mr Gavaskar does not do anything for free anymore which was very evident when requested to join the IPL committee. He was the member of the committee to select the coach for the previous 3 occasions and nevr came out and expressed his outrage when his selection was not accepted except on this occasion, shows very clearly that either Duncan or his supporters have not warmed Gavaskar' palms on this occasion. As far as Kapil Dev's comments very surprised as a well versed and highly respected man in cricket should haveknownthat u dont need to be an excellent player to be a fantastic coach. Two different fields jobs altogether.

Posted by tearawayquick on (April 28, 2011, 13:56 GMT)

I dont think this is that bad a decision... Fletchers credentials as a coach are undisputed...Even the players prefer a foreign coach.. Jimmy has not coached any international side before.. also it is well known that the players also are inclined towards a foreign coach. Gavaskars dislike of Fletcher are well known.. it started off in 2001 when he termed the touring England side as one of the worst for the negative tactics which they used when bowling to GOD. We all remember Ashley Giles bowling wide of leg stump ball after ball. Venky and Robin.... not sure if they would be the right choice for the main coach at this point of time.. some of their contempariries are still around and so may not be able to take tough decisions... Cant think of any other foreign coach since Flemming and Flower are unavialable..Langer could have been tried as a wild card!! Known for his pugnacious character in his playing days like Kirsten.. also has been a batting consultant for Australia

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 13:56 GMT)

We can give duncan a chance. but time's now to develop a good indian coach. I would say kumble...BCCI needs to groom him. He is the right choice for us. He is a fighter, match winner with exceptional cricket skills. he can pass on these values to next generation. Robin Singh should be fielding coach & Venky bowling....Lets groom all of them...time for indians to take over our cricket.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 13:56 GMT)

@ Jayanth Sridhar , spot on !!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 13:53 GMT)

although looking into a local coach would be a valid point... justification from Mr. Gavaskar abt having one considering the Hindi background of players doesnt seem strong... especially after Kirsten's resounding success with the same set of players... Kapil Dev, as always, unfortunately, seems to venting out his frustration abt everything that happens in Indian cricket.. his statement abt "Who is Fletcher?" is in bad taste.. especially considering a brilliant coaching record in his name.. Keeping fingers crossed for this new appointment..

Posted by Cric-101 on (April 28, 2011, 13:45 GMT)

Why an Indian coach now? In the pre-Wright era all we had were Indian coaches and we did what? Yes people will argue we had won a world cup and couple other multi nation tournaments. In a period of 30 odd years we won 4-5 major tournaments. Post Wright Indians have had a certain level of consistency abroad that we have never had previously. We have always been strong at home and we still are. Indians are just as methodical in their approach now as anyone playing world cricket. 'Every' aspect of the game today requires attention and a training program and Indian coaches don't match this requirement. Having said all this I don't think Fletcher is the right choice, I think we could have done better. And lastly just because you speak HINDI doesn't make you a good fit. Speak CRICKET and then we'll talk.

Posted by Raj1960 on (April 28, 2011, 13:42 GMT)

Indian can not be a coach of Indian team. They play way too many politics. Even in comments by Gavaskar, most players are from Hindi speaking belt, smells of regional politics. Till Indians learn to respect all regions and show they can choose based on need and performance, we are better off with foreign coaches.

Posted by cricPassion2009 on (April 28, 2011, 13:41 GMT)

With due respect to Gavaskar, he is making no sense. He's given one of the dumbest reasons ( "speaking same language" ) for selecting a coach.

We love Amarnath for sure, but this appointment of Fletchers' has already been made. Gavaskar should have "spoken" up _before_ the appointment of the coach. As for Amarnath, hope he will at some point be selected by some team around the world.

Posted by indiaforcup on (April 28, 2011, 13:40 GMT)

I can understand the sentiments of the former players. But 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 reddy.vishwa on (April 28, 2011, 13:35 GMT)

Kirsten did a great job with the Indian team and fletcher has a good track record...but only time will tell if the BCCI has made the correct choice. Indian coach or foreign coach, all we want is that the Indian team performs to its potential and win games....

Posted by concerned_cricketer on (April 28, 2011, 13:32 GMT)

Gavaskar's reasoning sounds frankly ridiculous. That the core of the team comes from the Hindi speaking belt! hahaha. It is precisely this sort of quota based/region based/caste based (gods forbid) cricket that modern India is trying to grow out of. People of the gavaskasaurus Rex days don't seem to get it and that's funny considering they seem intelligent at other times. Indian players like Kumble and other from his times probably can one day coach India successfully because they don't have the insecurities that seems to plague Gavaskasauruses. One also needs to have the talent or a knack for coaching. All players don't have the ability. It is the ability to observe and find what's wrong if anything, what needs changing and how to do it. Not all have that ability. Kapil Dev, please keep your distance from Gavaskar's comments and retain your dignity. When did you guys lose the ability to give credit where it's due (irrespective of nationality)?

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

According to Gavaskar, Amarnath's qualifications are that he can speak hindi well? What if in the next few months a couple of non-hindi speaking players become stars and regulars in the team? Way to regionalize Sunny!!

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 13:30 GMT)

Gavaskar and Kapil Dev always have to criticize the BCCI and make their presence felt. Why on Earth do we need Indian coaches.Oh, they mean that we don't respect our former players.What is more important Indian team performance or respect to former players. Of course they are many other ways of respecting former players rather than making them coach just for the sake of respect.

Posted by fkauser on (April 28, 2011, 13:29 GMT)

I don't understand about sunny and kapil paji...sunny is talking about Hindi speaking ...how Garry managed with this Hindi speaking guys and reached final, and Kapil paji robin singh is still better but Prasad don't tell me coz all our best fast bowlers lost their rhythm and pace when Prasad become a bowling coach.Ishant,Irfan,RP,Zak,Munaf the more they started using slower ones like prasad.I think the best coach would have been is Shaun Pollock,Jonty Rodes & Akram for bowling.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 13:26 GMT)

There is some merit in this arguement...John, Greg and Gary were good, almost great test cricketers. Duncan is not. And now India has reached that stage where we have enough successful cricketers...Some tough bloke like Mohinder Amarnath or some supposedly cerebral bloke like Ravi Shastri might fit the bill...

Posted by DuggyS on (April 28, 2011, 13:23 GMT)

Just speaking Hindi should not even be considered as an advantage. I am an Indian but I just don't want to see an Indian coach for this great team. One of the reasons being, with the era of Foreign coaches only we started doing well abroad. None of the names mentioned above by the greats Kapil and Sunny doesn't knows what it is like winning abroad consistently rather than once in a blue moon. To do well in Sub-continents we dont need a coach first of all, Sachin Paji can manage with some tips to Youngsters.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 13:21 GMT)

Two pillars that built the edifice of modern Indian Cricket cant be wrong - The facts are - While SMG was a part of the panel that picked Chappell, it was due to Ganguly's insistence that he was chosen. You all saw what happened. And of course Kirsten is on record that it was SMG was instrumental in him getting the post and again you saw what the results were. So please give credit where due. I think the point he is trying make here is while he isn't against overseas coaches, he doesn't feel that those who were in the fray merited selection over Jimmy Amarnath etc., and if it had to be a foreign coach I have suspicion someone like Justin Langer would have been more appropriate - evidently BCCI working committee took this decision with a swiftness that isn't often evident with them - so don't know if Dhoni and seniors were consulted - one can't but feel a bit uncomfortable about the whole thing.

Posted by The_Knack_of_Flying on (April 28, 2011, 13:19 GMT)

Old skool !!! These people have a very pedagogic approach to coaching, which I dont see succeeding whatsoever. They may not necessarily be into politics but their emotional understanding of the players is highly questionable. Infact, its the players and not the BCCI alone that does not want a former Indian player as coach. Clearly there is a gap between the understandings of these players. Infact, big players never make good coaches. Its always have been low-profile persons who have made good coaches. Sunil's comment that most of the batsmen are from the hindi-speaking belt is the worst that I've heard from him. When will these guys grow up ?

Posted by Nampally on (April 28, 2011, 13:12 GMT)

What is wrong in appointing an Indian Coach? I presume the greatest weakness amongst Indians is to be biased towards their own candidates. If you are from North, you support the Northeners. This nepotism is avoided by having a foreign coach who has no favourites. This must be the main reason for appointing foreign coaches. Even in jobs, it is common to see the management in a company lined up with their own kind so that the top man's position is safe. Imagine an Indian team with 7 guys from Mumbai area and leave just 4 spots for other states? The present India team does not have such lop sided selection although in the final XI there has been some odd selection from the Captain. So I personally prefer foreign coaches who lend a good degree of fairness to the process of team selection and eliminate favouritism based on regionalism or other parameters not dealing with strict merit.Duncan Fletcher may be old but he brings this aspect into the team.

Posted by CFDanalysis on (April 28, 2011, 13:12 GMT)

Gavaskar and Kapil :) forget old victory guys this is new era now started........... why both of you playing politics.... its cricket. Our guys are so good(and in Q paul valth) they can play in any conditions.

Posted by goldensilence on (April 28, 2011, 13:11 GMT)

"majority of players from hindi belt..." Mr.Sunil - That's exactly the reason we don't need an indian coach...we are not talking performance...we are not talking talent...we are more interested in hindi belt, south indians, mumbaikars....thats what you get when you go for an Indian Coach!

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 13:10 GMT)

I am a great fan of Gavaskar and Kapil.But,I am not too sure about the criticism.The moment is such that any body can come and India will surely have great results just because they are a great team. The top sides apart from India are South Africa,Australia,England and Srilanka in the test arena. This year we have to play mostly in England and Australia, and Duncan can be huge help because of his knowledge in these country.He has also been with South African team.He is little bit less experienced in Indian subcontinent , but our players do not need anybody for much planning in India.One Australian newspaper quoted," Duncan is ready to taunt Australia."Such is his respect in Australia.Even Kirsten and Kallis are admirers of Duncan,so is Nasser Hussain whom Tendulkar regard as the best opposition captain whom he has played with.Just as coach should back players,now we should back the coach whoever he is.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 13:09 GMT)

@Jayanth sridhar: while u say that Kapil paaji & Sunil Gavaskar should show some respect to other players, how about showing some respect on your part to these legends of Indian cricket?? Although i fully agree that duncan fletcher is a good choice. @Balaji: if u remember then during that time even desmond haynes was overlooked for the coaching responsibility, and seriously at that time looking at the statures one could not have chosen mohinder amarnath over greg chappell simply because no one knew what catastrophe was to follow, but if u compare him with fletcher, then he does have a good portfolio in that.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 13:07 GMT)

WELL i think they sh0uld have g0ne thru with GARY he has d0ne changed the INDIAN CRICKET TEAM and has g0t them at the TOP i d0nt kn0w what is the reas0n that BCCI didnt PROLONGED his CONTRACT but i think it shuld hav been GARY !!!

Posted by analyseabhishek on (April 28, 2011, 13:07 GMT)

@Balaji- Your point is very relevant. At that time, it was said that Amarnath didn't know his way around laptop and had brought his bro-in-law in order to make a presentation. One is not sure if Amarnath has joined a laptop training course and has managed to top it! Technology is now even more integral part of sports. But Gavaskar surely wants to keep himself in the news, especially after having lost of his edge and zing for the commentators job.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

Well it is simple & proven that choice of Coach is the helm of affairs at BCCI & its administrators. It's ridiculous to say that a person belongs to some era & he is un-identified. If he was so, then how he guided England to Ashes victory against mighty Aussies. Secondly appreciable work done by both Prasad & Robin as bowling & fielding coaches, could get them another stint at the job. When BCCI is Indian cricket, no point in debate of Indian or Foreigner. Team has to perform consistently & let criticizers to keep their mouth doors shut.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 13:02 GMT)

The irony is that gavaskar himself was begging on tv to extend the contract of kirsten and also he has been taking the credit himself for bringing kirsten to india...

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 13:02 GMT)

SG is someone who has had strong biases. Its an accepted thing that Indian players and administrators behave better with foreign coaches around. Foreign Coaches are able to stay clear of politics in the decision making process. Kaps has been an emotional person with a lot of pride for being an Indian and perhaps cant see what more an overseas guy can do what an Indian cant.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 13:02 GMT)

I too wanted to see Prasad and Robin Singh given another stint - this time a longer one unlike last time, which was a stop gap arrangement - with this team. We already have a core of senior players and Kirsten had established a routine where this core loked after the younger lot and were themselves more like player - coach. Guys like Laxman, Dravid, Zaheer and of course Sachin are well capable of guiding the youngsters. As for the managerial part we have always had a manager accompanying the team apart from the usual support staff. So Prasad + Robin + computer analysts & physios + senior players = good enough if not better than Duncan Fletcher.

Posted by MerwinSterling on (April 28, 2011, 13:00 GMT)

The appointment of Fletcher is very bad idea,but will not hurt the team much...as India will have a decent team for the next two years.I think he will suck in onedayers and t20...We should have two sets of coaches ...one for tests...another for 50/20 overs stuff... I think BCCI should select former players and train them/groom them as Assistant coaches and train them in all areas including strategy,people mgmt,latest science,behavior mgmt etc.Robin Singh is ready as anybody and easily connect with the young players..For bowling you need guys who are skillful and relatively young ,like Wasim Akram..He can transfer his tricks to the youngsters..Batting at the test level is mainly sound technique..Mohinder or Rahul/Laxman when he retires does not hurt.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

Gavaskar and Kapil are both hypocrites and seeking division amongst the Indian team. They are doing exactly what they did to each other in their playing days. Sunny mentions players are predominantly from hindi speaking belt; what about the other players from other states? They both applauded Kirsten and Wright. Gavaskar was in the panel that overlooked Mohinder and appointed Chapel. Now that Indian cricket is in healthy state, they are jealous about the BCCI selection committee and chairman of selectors (incidentally from the south, read non hindi speaking belt). Hence time to start destabilising the setup and what better opportunity than this? By the way nothing against Amarnath but can you compare his (for that matter any Indian's) coaching credentials to Duncan's? Both Sunny and Kapil need to learn how to reflect before making statements. Both have been tested for team unity and leadership and found wanting.

Posted by krishnaasok on (April 28, 2011, 12:53 GMT)

Indian coach will do politics and Fletcher has vast knowledge. Fletcher is right choice If want to dominate for coming era like what Australians did in past. Also the Indian coach will prefer only Hindi speaking person. At least few south Indian players playing because of Kristen/Wright only for last couple of years. So We will wish Fletcher's success with India Team.

Posted by Rajeshj on (April 28, 2011, 12:50 GMT)

I think its time to ignore whatever these so called yesteryear seniors have to say about running Indian cricket... I don't know why they hold the torch for Amarnath now and what happened to Sandeep patil who has a better coaching experience than Amarnath... and what is this nonsense that majority of team is from "Hindi-speaking" belt... Do they mean to say that its a Hindi-speakers game???... its time that we get rid of these guys who still live with the colonial mindset of divide and rule... this attitude can very much kill the interest on the game from other parts of India....

Posted by Steve_Stifler on (April 28, 2011, 12:48 GMT)

@ Jayanth: Totally agree with you mate! Man, Gavaskar and Kapil always have something to say against BCCI from time to time.

Why can't these so called legends voice their concerns before the decision is actually made. Criticizing now will only be seen as a mere publicity stunt. And Fletcher has got tremendous coaching experience and he brings more value/ideas etc to the table than any other *Indian* coach can.

Gavaskar's ideology on an Hindi speaking coach will only pave way for regional discrimination and a possible rift in the side.

Posted by Vnott on (April 28, 2011, 12:47 GMT)

Duncan Fletcher was a good coach helping England beat Aussies in the famous Ashes win a few years back. But he is old. He is certainly not someone who should have been picked. It almost seems there are not enough candidates. India will do well no matter who is the coach but would have been better to see a younger coach - whether Indian or Foreign is not so important. Cant see Duncan inspiring anyone. Wonder if Sachin, Dravid and Dhoni were involved in the decision making?

Posted by Lakhlan on (April 28, 2011, 12:46 GMT)

Gavaskar & Kapil are criticizing because they were not involved in the panel which hired Duncan.....

Posted by cricketSB on (April 28, 2011, 12:41 GMT)

Phew! Sigh of relief. Now that Gavaskar has criticized Flether, I am convinced that he is a good choice. But I am not sure if Fletcher will have the same success as Wright or Kirsten. He tends to be in the limelight, at least during his time in England, and that might upset the momentum Dhoni and co. currently have.

Posted by Farce-Follower on (April 28, 2011, 12:37 GMT)

Indian coaches will have as much integrity as K.Srikkanth and N.Srinivasan have right now...truckloads of propreity and conflict of interest issues...they will end up being coaches of the Indian team, while having IPL links, media links and of course politicking all the time. Good riddance to Indian coaches, who will sneak in guys from their backyard at the drop of a hat. Remember, it was Greg Chappell who got us MSD and Suresh Raina.

Posted by Prats6 on (April 28, 2011, 12:36 GMT)

Sunny just wants to hog the limelight. Kapil is just highly emotional to even be considered, he has the same answer to all problems, just play with your heart ! .. Honestly, even great cricketers need to know when to shut up. Its okay to have an opinion but to expect all of India to agree with it is taking it a lot further and even Sunny & Kapil cant be right in their minds to consider it.

Posted by lakshya1 on (April 28, 2011, 12:35 GMT)

sorry big K and G, but what you guys say is not going to matter anymore. please dont give irresponsible statements in media. dont play you dirty politics through media.

Posted by jmoses on (April 28, 2011, 12:34 GMT)

Sorry Kapil. With due respect to him, cricket these days is not played in the way it was played 20 years back. He mentions about Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh as coaches. I think he forgot that these two have not done much to the Indian team during their tenure and that's the reason they both got a boot then. In the current scenario where cricket is being played in a lot more different fashion and on field strategies play a huge role, I'm afraid that desi coaches can do justice to the team. I agree that the appointment of Fletcher is a surprise but then BCCI is known for making these kind of surprises. They only know why they have selected him as the Indian coach. Only time will tell whether this is the right decision.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 12:31 GMT)

if we look at duncan fletcher as a coach he has tremendous record its not the question of foregin or swadesh coach all we need is india consistent performance in all formats

Posted by akkhill on (April 28, 2011, 12:31 GMT)

we all knw that kapil and gavaskar are great players, but why do they often criticize anything that happens to indian cricket, whether it's gud or bad... they shld'nt forget it was gary who played a major role in india's world cur triumph... he was also a foriegner, so should we criticize him to..

Posted by RGee on (April 28, 2011, 12:30 GMT)

I agree with Sunny and Kapil. There are so many Indian coaches who are good: Lal Chand Rajput (we won T20 WC under him), Sandeep Patil, Jimmy Amarnath, Robin Singh and Venky as fielding and bowling coaches.........

Posted by CricketpunditUSA on (April 28, 2011, 12:30 GMT)

majority of the players are from Hindi belt. So amarnath should be appointed. The same crappy zonal politics screwed up the careers of many cricketers hailed from south and east. And he topped of with the comment saying that he won't be influenced!! Thanks but no thanks!! We don't want Badris, Rayudus, and talented bengal batsmen overlooked! Time to look at the talent and only an outside force can at least voice some opposition. Fletcher has an eye for good talent. Picked Trescothick, vaughan and backed them up. I do believe Robin Singh can help / offer some assitance. As far as Prasad,he was never a out & out fast bowler. We need Wasim Akram offering tips to our left hand pacement.

Posted by Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on (April 28, 2011, 12:30 GMT)

Jayanth Sridhar - Kapil's question was simply - Who is Duncan Fletcher? it just implies that Fletcher hasn't achiever much on the field. Also, Fletch was the one who took off Zimbabwe's best bowler - Peter Rawson - and allowed Kapil to tear into their attack at Tunbridge Wells. speak what you will of Gavaskar, but Kapil has shed sweat,blood and tears for the sake of the team. A bit of respect for the man who gave Indian cricket some self-respect would be appreciated. He played for the team.He played to win and was a role model for millions. Not sure you could say the same about fletcher..Kapil is well within his rights to ask who fletcher is.

Posted by BONG_IN_CHENNAI on (April 28, 2011, 12:29 GMT)

Do not worry - every good things have to end. Life is like "ZAT" - it's a CYCLE. The RED fort near EDEN may also fall ater 35 years; and CRICKET is a funny game too. Remember what happened recently to the ex-Indian soccer coach, after he had contributed. Fletcher and the following foreign coach needs to make simple mistakes - make comments against officials groundsmen, when the team is not performing - which will happen within the next few years. Next choice would then (may wait for a decade at the most) be an Indian coach hopefully - reserved for SRT (GOD). That will also fail, after some flourish (ala - Bat of Gayle) and then we all go back again in a big cycle.

Posted by blondblackberry on (April 28, 2011, 12:26 GMT)

the logic of having "hindi language" as a criteria for a coach is baffling.kapil got his chance and performed as poor as it can be.let's give fletcher a chance even i supported fleming as a coach. it's simple, superb coaches are not famous star players.

Posted by Mahesh4811 on (April 28, 2011, 12:26 GMT)

@balaji: well said mate. 2 faces of gavaskar really...

Posted by crystosis on (April 28, 2011, 12:25 GMT)

"the core of the Indian team today is from the Hindi-speaking belt" ---> Does that tell something about selection policies? I think its time South is given its due in this regard...

Posted by green_jelly on (April 28, 2011, 12:21 GMT)

The same Amarnath who said "I don't have a laptop, I only have a lap"? But I agree with Kapil about Robin Singh / Prasad.

Posted by mm71 on (April 28, 2011, 12:21 GMT)

Yea, we have seen the movie with Indian coaches before. Bishan bedi wanted the team including Tendulkar thrown into the Pacific Ocean. All solutions Kapil Dev had was, Dil laga ke khelo'. It's ok folks, there are somethings Indians are not good at. Nothing wrong in accepting. The past 10-12 years have been the best phase of Indian cricket ever & it's not a coincidence that there were only foriegn coaches.

Posted by bheekuchatri on (April 28, 2011, 12:20 GMT)

"core of the Indian team today is from the Hindi-speaking belt" ??? what crap... what if more from south come next day, get a coach from south india? What is this Hindi business in cricket?

sweet lord, grow up... what an insane logic... with all due respect to Gavaskar & Kapil whom I adore, there is a huge generatation gap in their methodology and mind set.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 12:19 GMT)

This Jayanth Sridhar guy is an idiot. His must have been born yesterday, and thinks these players don't know what they are talking about. Not all great players make great coaches, i.e, Tendulkar could not captain the side but he is a great player. Kapil Dev, was a great player and leader, so his opinion should be worth something, compare to the idiots and bureaucrats who run the BCCI.

Posted by HowlaPotta on (April 28, 2011, 12:18 GMT)

I'm pretty sure Duncan Fletcher's hindi is as good, if not better, than that of Robin Singh or Venkatesh Prasad.

Mr. Gavaskar, you need to stick to commentary (and just keep talking forever about how great Tendulkar is).

You got to think deep. Fletcher is hired not only to coach Cricket but might also teach a line or two of English to poor old Munaf and Nehra.

Posted by cricket_for_all on (April 28, 2011, 12:16 GMT)

Well I would support Kapil in this case. Well even if you need a foreign coach Is it Fletcher?.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 12:15 GMT)

sorry, ex - wc heroes .... fletcher is far better

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

Ganguly, Kumble and even Dravid can get into some training for being a coach. They might become excellent coaches tailored for Indian team. They know how it functions and they were superstars themselves so there is no question of undermining respect.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 12:11 GMT)

Ha ha ha!! I am LMFAO reading these comments....Gavaskar ji, how well versed with Hindi was Gary Kirsten who led India to No.1 Test Ranking and World Cup 2011 crown??? And Mr. Kapil "I Won The World Cup 1000 Years Ago And Still Never Lose A Chance To Eat Royalty On It" Dev, You don't remember who is Duncan Fletcher???? I am sure ur short stint at India coach was also as forgettable to you as the same Duncan Fletcher who led England to a historical ashes victory in 2005.........Seriously guys GROW UP!! We do not need Indian-Foreign coach debate....and create such ridiculous divides...Cricket is the language, Cricket is the religion....and unfortunately none of our ex players can do a good job in being the HEAD coach......bcoz none of them have been crafted to be a coach......perhaps our current players could later turn out to be excellent coaches.....

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 12:07 GMT)

I respect Kapil and Gavaskar as players enormously, but not as people. Am still not sure about Kapil's involvement in match fixing and Gavaskar is a supreme politician. If hindi belt is so important how did Gary help us get to no 1 in test and how did we win the world cup? If language is such an issue, how is Munaf such close friends with bowling coach? India needs a working coach like Kirsten... not a start coach like Greg Chappell. Fletcher is like the former. And has 2005 ashes to his credit... Mohinder was one of the best players of fast bowling in his era.. dont have anything against him (other than habit to break into a song haha). Not sure who will make better coach.. but to say Fletcher will make a bad coach is devoid of logic and sense!

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 12:06 GMT)

I understand that these great cricketers of India would like to see an Indian at the helm. However, I believe that the team needs a coach that is well-equipped to handle the pressures and requirements of modern cricket. Wright brought to Indian cricket the technology to evaluate the nuances of players. Similarly, Kirsten's emphasis on mental aspect of the game resulted in a team that believes it can win from any situation, and thats wat led to Ind being the top test team and World ODI champion. I can't see Mohinder Amarnath (with due respect) bringing these to the table. People like Prasad and Robin Singh know the modern coaching methods, but may not have enjoyed the respect and command that a coach. Fletcher is a proven performer, and Kapil should not undermine him. So,a good choice under the circumstances..

Posted by cyberflirt on (April 28, 2011, 12:06 GMT)

I don't understand the hippocracy involved in this... Mr. Gavaskar was the main man behind getting Gary Kirsten to do the job when Indian Cricket was undergoing a tough time with Chappel fiasco...Now he feels that Indian Coaches are better than Foreigners...that too after Gary Kirsten brought out the best from Team India...I don't see any reason for this sudden change of view from our Cricketing Legends. I can understand that Mr. Kapil is against foreign coaches which he has been telling since the appointment of John Wright..He hasn't changed his view point..the other point...Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh did a fabulous job as "ASSISTANT COACHES" and "SPECIALIZED COACHES" not as full fledged coach of a National Team..So it wouldn't have been a fruitful one to suggest their name for this position. Even though i am not a great supporter of Duncan Fletcher...I am surprised with the statement from Mr. Sunil Gavaskar.. Strange hipocracy...

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 12:06 GMT)

Gavaskar himself never took up the role of a coach.. Kapil was a failure as a coach..So why do they want amarnath now?? Fletcher has been coaching for a while. Only Indian to have coaching experience is Sandip Patil but he also does not have much success..Indian would be lapped up by other countries as coaches but where are they doing the job..Even SA did not want kirsten first and now want him post his success with India. So if a coach gets success elsewhere it will surely build a case for appointment for the Indian Job...

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 12:04 GMT)

"The core of the Indian team today is from the Hindi-speaking belt" . And the 'core' of the Indian team has changed soo drastically since two years ago? That time, Hindi didn't seem to be much of a consideration. Gavaskar, I request you to keep your mouth shut. If you have anything substantial to contribute, then do so before a big appointment is made. Talk about a cranky old fart!

Posted by Something_Witty on (April 28, 2011, 12:04 GMT)

So I take it these guys weren't fans of Kirsten either? Or was Kirsten an honorary, Hindi-speaking South African Indian?

Posted by Provenance on (April 28, 2011, 12:02 GMT)

Perhaps this is the reason why Gavaskar could never become a great coach or even a decent consultant, leave aside being a great coach. Hindi speaking belt? What is this? Goodness me! I used to read that howsoever great Gavaskar was as a batsman, he always propagated regionalism. Today this has been vindicated. For the sake of hindi speaking belt, we should have a Mohinder Amarnath as a coach? I am from the hindi speaking belt and I strongly denounce this statement! Shame!

Posted by krazzyking on (April 28, 2011, 12:00 GMT)

"simple reason that the core of the Indian team today is from the Hindi-speaking belt"... that is a pretty dumb "simple" reason :)... kirsten and wright got it right dint they?

Posted by krazzyking on (April 28, 2011, 12:00 GMT)

"simple reason that the core of the Indian team today is from the Hindi-speaking belt"... that is a pretty dumb "simple" reason :)... kirsten and wright got it right dint they?

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

It was same Gavaskar who was in the panel when Mohinder Amarnath was overlooked and Chapell was appointed.. Fletcher is good choice considering that the Test Team will have a new look mostly by next year and he would be able to guide them further...

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 11:56 GMT)

Do we still care about what Kapil and Sunil say about the current Indian Team and Coaching?

Sunil Gavaskar is still going to have one Mumbai player(Quota) and Kapil Dev will keep getting Ideas whether or not we win games/tourneys.

If these guys were really good crickets of the past, they must show some respect to other players(No matter where they come from)..

Its easy to say, it should have been this way.. If they really wanted that, they should take up roles and responsibilities and then be ready to face any consequence of the same.. Thats something they'll never do..

Since Kapil mentions a player of an era 30 years old, he should remember that he's from the same era..

Posted by akshaysabnis on (April 28, 2011, 11:52 GMT)

Well. Two coaches out of three foreign ones have been successful. And Gavaskar himself praised both Wright and Kirsten on Espnstar. So he can't say, he are not fans of foreign coaches. Also remember, the entire coaching staff of the T20 WC 2007 winning squad was Indians... No one mentions this fact. The point is Kapil himself developed weak knees in 1999. And left when he was need the most during the Fixing controversy.

Earlier everyone was against Aussie coaches now the same ppl are against Foreign coaches.... India has achieved more under foreign coaches in one decade than under Indian ones over half a century. Nothing against Prasad and R.Singh

Posted by   on (April 28, 2011, 11:48 GMT)

Dont say this, I get scared.....I want India to perform. well of course!

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