With the departure of Duncan Fletcher, India are now on the hunt for their next coach. Fletcher became India’s coach in 2011 after Gary Kirsten ended his tenure with a World Cup win. Fletcher’s tenure saw India winning the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, but they also saw India losing 4-0 to both England and Australia in Test matches in 2011.
Now that Ravi Shastri has been appointed as the interim coach of Team India for the upcoming Bangladesh tour, here are 5 other candidates apart from Ravi Shastri, who could become India’s next coach.
5. Daniel Vettori
Royal Challenger Bangalore coach Daniel Vettori recently retired after playing the ICC World Cup 2015 finals. HE was recently contacted by the BCCI officials about a potential role as the coach of Indian team.
His inclusion will be a boon for Indian spinners like Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel and Pragyan Ojha, who being left handed spinners will learn from the experienced Vettori. Also he has all the requisite certification and is a 100 plus Tests and 250 plus ODI veteran. He has played the modern cricket under one of the most aggressive captains in Brendon McCullum and that aggressiveness mixed with his calmness will help Captain Kohli in the Test arena.
4. Brett Lee
Australian Brett Lee was the bowling coach of Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 7 and is involved with Ireland as coach. He has immense experience being part of one the most dominating Australian teams of the 2000s and is passionate about cricket in India.
Lee’s fast bowling experience will help Indian pacers immensely as they need someone to tell them the tips and tricks on how to use that pace effectively. With Sanjay Bangar as the batting coach for India, Lee can focus on the bowling and the fielding along with installing some of that Aussie attitude in Indian batting.
3. Pravin Amre
Former India player Pravin Amre, who scored a century on Test debut in South Africa in 1991, has become one of the most sought after coaches in India, after Indian batsmen like Ajinkya Rahane, Robin Uthappa and Suresh Raina improved their batting with his help. He also coached Pune team in IPL and is the current coach of Delhi Daredevils.
Amre, a pupil of Ramakant Achrekar, who coached players like Vinod Kambli, Sachin Tendulkar and Amol Majumdar is perfect as a coach for India, because he has experience of playing in foreign conditions and knows the pulse of every Indian batsmen. He was a great player of both pace and spin and that might help India against pace of South Africa, Australia and England.
2. Stephen Fleming
Former Kiwi captain Stephen Fleming, who played and now coaches Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, will be the best fit for a foreign coach, if India is looking for one. For one, India loves New Zealanders after John Wright’s stint in 200s and second, Fleming has enough experience of coaching Indian players due to him coaching CSK from 2010.
Fleming was one of the best captains in international cricket in his time and he can help Kohli with some leadership advice and strategic planning. His calm nature will also act as soothing effect for Kohli’s hot tempered nature.
1. Sourav Ganguly
Former India captain, Sourav Ganguly was recently added to a cricketing advisory committee along with Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman by the BCCI in an unspecified role. But he is the favorite of every other person to become India’s coach.
He has the experience of leading India to victories overseas and instilling the fighting spirit in India. He is one of the most respected cricketers and he isn’t afraid to speak his mind. Kohli will learn immensely from a player he has grown up watching and admiring and Ganguly would love to give back to the Indian cricket, which made him what he is today.