July 2, 2007

Where is the coach?

To be sure, there's nothing mind-blowing about winning a 3-match series. Still...it is against the no.2 ranked team in one-day cricket; it is a first against SA outside India; it is the first series/tournament win away from home since 2002.

This gives some food for thought. There's been much hue and cry about picking a coach for India recently. Before that it was Greg Chappell and his machinations. It seemed as if everyone believed coaches win matches. Indeed, in the last few years, coaching has become a very high profile job.

The interesting things is: this first away one-day series win for India in 5 years has come when there is no full-time coach (Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh are there, but they are only specialized bowling and fielding coaches). Isn't that funny!


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