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What has the BCCI learnt from the Chappell episode?

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What has the BCCI learnt from the Chappell episode? We all hoped for the many things which will make their task of selecting next coach easier. Few of the lessons are that a low profile coach will be better because of already existing too many celebrities in and around the team, tough talk is not so popular with the Indian big boys because of their macho egos, and a need of a person who can understand the cultural derivations of a diversified Indian team.

Dav Whatmore has come out as the stand out option for the BCCI mainly due to his past experience in sub-continent and success he amassed in his tenure with the Sri Lankans and Bangladeshis. These two reasons are more than valid for going for him. He has credentials, reputation and track record that make him a good choice to survive in tough Indian politics-oriented cricket structure. But the thing which can go against him is his attitude. He is a stern person who likes to see things happening and for that he yells, scolds and expresses his anger about issues. All these things say it loudly and clearly that if you can tolerate him he can do wonders for any team. But who has to tolerate him? Larger than life celebrities who play cricket for their living. Yes, match winners such as Sehwag, Tendulkar, Ganguly, Yuvraj and Dhoni. This is one aspect which needs to be considered by BCCI before arranging him as next coach of Indian team.

What was good for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka does not necessarily be good for Indian cricket. Because Sri Lankan cricketers are probably the most modest cricketers around with loads of humility and with ears to listen and follow, and Bangladeshis are just going through their initial rigours of international cricket where tantrums can never be tolerated and demands seldom fulfilled. He was successful but in entirely different conditions not in the highly politicized, media hyped and money generating environment where your players don’t usually behave like your students, rather they go about like hectoring bosses.

Indian cricketers do not need a boss definitely. They want a friend who can put up his point but do not likes to force it at any cost what Chappell did it umpteenth times in his times with Indian team. Their soaring cricket achievements and macho egos don’t go well with iron hand. It is not only their problem. Where bigger egos operate in tandem, yield would be more or less quite similar.

BCCI needs to take a probing look at the possibilities of having a successful, confident and stern coach.

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