Indian team coach most dispensable person in the squad, focus on playing XI instead: Sanjay Manjrekar

first_imgEven as the wait continues for the appointment of Team India’s head coach, former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar feels the coach is the most dispensable person in the squad.The BCCI’s cricket advisory committee interviewed five candidates for the job and will name Anil Kumble’s successor soon. Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody were believed to be the frontrunners even before the interviews got underway in Mumbai.Manjrekar, one of the most outspoken commentators in the game, said the he did not understand the fuss around the coach, who was possibly the most dispensable person in the Indian squad. The focus, Manjrekar said, should be on the playing XI instead. Indian team coach is the most dispensable person in the squad, we should stop fussing about it, let’s fuss about playing XIs instead.- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 10, 2017 Unlike coach, chairman of selectors has power to change destiny of Ind cricket but that appointment never gets such attention & importance.??- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 10, 2017WHY MANJREKAR COULD BE RIGHTAnil Kumble was forced to step down as coach following differences with India captain Virat Kohli. The legendary leg-spinner said Kohli had reservations about his style of coaching. Kumble had by then led India to Test series wins over the West Indies, New Zealand, England, Australia and a one-off Test against Bangladesh. India also regained the top spot in the ICC Test rankings during this time and reached the Champions Trophy final.But in a team filled with superstars and talented players like Kohli himself, the question that begs to be asked is: does the Indian team really need a coach who keeps the players under check or a manager who has the necessary man-management skills?advertisementKumble, it was said, was very strict with daily routines and training of the players. But Kohli and the players were not happy with Kumble’s overbearing and intimidating attitude in the dressing-room.Shastri, who had applied for the job last year as well but was overlooked by the CAC, is a favourite among the players and the captain. He was the team director from 2014 to 2016 and had a good run as India won an ODI series against England, reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and 2016 World T20, won a T20I series in Australia and clinched the Asia Cup.It will be interesting to see who gets the nod for the job this time around.Shastri has great man-management skills and knows how to deal with the current crop of players while Moody is the most experienced of the lot, in terms of coaching. Sehwag shares a good rapport Kohli and has played with a few of the current players. It’s a three way race to the finish line with the announcement due very soon.last_img

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