The cricketing scene has been quite eventful on and off-field for some time now. With the tiff between Kohli and Kumble becoming more visual, the ‘dialogues’ on the issues have started appearing in the media. Cricketing legend Sourav Ganguly has now shared a piece of his mind which also comes from his own experience as a former captain of the team.
Ganguly, a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), has shown where his loyalties lie in Kohli-Kumble conflict. The ex-captain said in clear words that cricket is captain’s game and the coach only helps to keep the team together.
Sourav Ganguly told PTI:
I think cricket is a captain’s game. A coach should be someone who can help and get the team going.
An impressive presentation does not make you a good coach. Various things are needed to make a good coach — like man-management skill, situation-understanding skill. Maybe someone will be better skill-wise but will lack at man-management. You just have to move on.
Apart from Dada, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar are also the members of Cricket Advisory Committee.
Till now, names of Virendra Sehwag, Ravi Shastri, Dodda Ganesh, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Tom Moody have been shortlisted and the last date to receive applications for the coach has been extended by the Indian cricket board.
Ganguly rubbished the talks about Sehwag’s two-line application for the post of coach and praised him instead. His words seem indicative of inclination towards Sehwag as the next possible coach of India.
Coach is made on the ground. And he is Sehwag, a known personality. Everyone knows him and his cricketing skills. He’s not someone who has come from Midnapore district of West Bengal.
Kumble recently took a step down from the post of India’s coach. He took to micro-blogging site Twitter and informed that “partnership” with Kohli was “untenable”.
Recently, during a press conference when Kohli was asked if he is ready with a named to suggest for new team India coach, he said:
From a personal point of view, I can’t pinpoint anything or give any details. We as a team only voice our opinion when asked by the BCCI.
Kumble replaced Shastri with one-year tenure till the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Stakes are high on both Shastri and Sehwag. The former had previously worked as India team director and guided the team to semi-finals of 50-over World Cup 2015 whereas the latter is hailed for his excellent record.