The Top 5 Coaches of Indian Cricket Team You Must Know

A skilled coach can recognize what the players are capable of. Mentorship is very crucial for improving the performance of a player. The Indian cricket team has had the fortune of being mentored by some of the best around the world. Here is a list of the top 5 best coaches of the Indian cricket team. 

  • Gary Kirsten: Kirsten is India’s most successful coach in history. Kirsten became a member of the Indian team after India faced a defeat in the World Cup of 2007. He took over India’s coaching position and turned it around. Kirsten’s hiring proved to be a boon to the Indian cricket team. 

India defeated Sri Lanka in the series and also defeated New Zealand. Not only that, but India also won a series in New Zealand for the first time in 40 years. India also ranked first in test rankings in 2009 under Dhoni and Kirsten. Kirsten was a wonderful human being in addition to being an excellent coach for the Indian team. He always had a good rapport with both the older and younger players. As a result, the Indian squad was always well-balanced and a winning one. The last triumph for Kirsten as Indian coach was the World Cup 2011, which India won at home.

  • John Wright: He was from New Zealand and also the 1st foreigner to coach the Indian team. John Wright coached India for 5 years from 2000 to 2005. He is considered as the Indian team’s 2nd best coach. The combination of Ganguly and Wright had put the Indian squad back on track.

John Wright had a great time coaching India. During that time, Indian cricket was in the news as the team had won the Test series against Australia at home, and drew the four-match Test series against Australia in 2003 and 2004. Under him, India became the 2nd country to win a match after putting up a follow-on. They performed this herculean task v/s Australia in Kolkata’s Eden Gardens in 2001. India’s victory interrupted Australia’s 16-match winning streak in Test matches.

In the same year, India won the series in Pakistan and moved to the finals of the World Cup against Australia, which was held in South Africa in 2003.

  • Duncan Fletcher: Following India’s World Cup victory at home, Fletcher was named coach of the national squad. After Kirsten retired as India’s coach, the bar was quite high, and the fans’ expectations were also quite high. Fletcher’s coaching career, on the other hand, began at a low time. After winning the World Cup, India’s tour of England was lost in the Test series 0-4. The following year, India was whitewashed by Australia once more. The side then lost at home to England. Indian cricket news portrayed pessimism for the new appointment.

However, the 2012-2013 seasons saw a dramatic turnaround. At home, India thrashed the Australian side in the Border Gavaskar Trophy. India registered a win in every ODI tournament they played in. This comprises the Celkon Mobile Cups, ICC Champion Trophy, and a seven-game International One Day series against Australia at home.

  • Ajit Wadekar: He was the best player, captain, and coach in the Indian cricket team’s history. From 1992 until 1996, he was the head coach of Team India. Wadekar was an aggressive batsman who batted at number three and was a great slip catcher during his playing days.

Wadekar coached many players who went on to become legends in Indian cricket. Athletes like Farokh Engineer, Gundappa Vishwanath, Sunil Gavaskar, and others played under his captaincy during their early days. Under Wadekar’s leadership, India won its first series in England and the West Indies.

  • Anshuman Gaekwad: Before becoming a coach, Anshuman Gaekwad was a former Indian player who appeared in 15 One Day Internationals and 40 Test matches for his country. Not only that, but he also served as the national team’s coach for two terms. The first occurred from Oct 1997 – Sep 1999, and the second occurred between Aug – Oct 2000.

Indian cricket news had some happy moments throughout his time as a coach. One of them was India’s triumph over Pakistan in the Independence Cup final. Anil Kumble’s perfect ten against Pakistan in Delhi is well-known. But one thing we forget is that Kumble accomplished this record while being coached by Anushman Gaekwad. Kumble is the only Indian bowler to take ten wickets in a Test match.

Here we saw a list of 5 coaches who trained the Indian cricket team at different points in time. Each one of them had highs and lows during their coaching tenure. However, it won’t be wrong to say that it is because of the training imparted by such legendary coaches that India has accumulated a rich history in cricket and has been able to become one of the top cricket teams in the world.

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