The head coach of the Indian national cricket team is one of the most prestigious jobs a man can find in the nation. He is the man who is responsible of fulfilling the dreams of all the fans in the country and this Sunday a meeting between the officials of the BCCI will reveal the favorites for this job. With a host of names already doing the rounds, here are five people who we think are fit for the job.
In the race to be India’s next coach
Michael Hussey who has had to toil a long time in the domestic arena of Australian cricket before playing for the national team is termed as ‘Mr. Cricket’ all around the world and he has proven time and time again that the title is apt to him. Having been the pillar of the middle order for the Australian team for a long time, Hussey has also been a part of the IPL in all the seasons and is already familiar with half the hierarchy in Indian cricket. A hard worker with great ethics backed by the love and support of the skipper MS Dhoni, Hussey is not far away from capturing the title of the Indian head coach.
Shastri was appointed as the Director of the team after a debacle in the home series against England and straight away reaped rewards in the ODI series against the same team. He has also taken India close to winning the CWC15 but after the World cup, his contract expired and Shastri has been an option for the Coach of the team ever since. Shastri has loads of experience in different conditions is also known to give the youngsters a chance and to motivate them to bring the best out of them. Shastri having been within close proximity to the Indian team even after retirement seems to be the perfect man for the job.
Gillespie may not be the biggest thing that has happened to Australian cricket but has played an important role for almost a decade in the Australian bowling line up. His vast knowledge from coaching the Zimbabwe national team and then the Yorkshire team in England county cricket makes him a good option for the role of the head coach. Gillespie, who has taken more than 400 wickets in his career took over a relegated Yorkshire club and took them to a title winning season within 3 years. Though he is now a part of the coaching staff for the Adelaide Strikers an Australian domestic team, his name has been heard all around the committee and he may well prove to be the one Indian cricket has been waiting for.
‘The Wall’ as he is called by his fans, Rahul Dravid has not been any less than a wall in the Indian middle order and in his prime could frustrate any bowler with his technique and patience. He often carried the team through tough times in many situations and is a proper ambassador for the gentlemen’s game. With Virat Kohli set to be the next big thing in Indian cricket, Dravid’s patience may go a long way in controlling the aggression of the new Indian skipper. Having proved his mettle as the coach of Rajasthan Royals, Dravid looks a great option to coach the national team.
Sourav Ganguly is one of the most successful Indian captains and has been on the fringes of becoming the coach of the national team ever since Duncan Fletcher vacated the office. Ganguly, who took over the Indian captaincy in 2000 pulled India out of the match fixing scandals at that time and took the nation to great heights with his knowledge about the game. He would be a perfect fit for the team but when asked about the job, he said that he does not want to comment on it and that the country has to wait for an official announcement.
What do you think, who should be appointed India’s next coach?