The 2011 ICC world champions India have missed qualifying for the final of the Asia Cup in 2012 and now for the second successive time. This added to their continued losses overseas does not give the Indian supporter much to hope for India to successfully defend the World Cup next year in Australia and New Zealand.
After the disastrous campaign in the 2007 World Cup, the Indian team went under Indian managers, Ravi Shastri, Chandu Borde, Lalchand Rajput, Chetan Chauhan and Shivlal Yadav for an extremely competitive and successful cricketing year where they won the first ever ICC World Twenty20 and went head to head with Australia and won the tri-series there for the first time.
Gary Kirsten then took over as the coach, and with Paddy Upton's challenging mental toughness exercises, the Indian team not only attained the number one ranking in Test cricket but went on to win the ICC World Cup in 2011.
Kirsten was enormously respected by the players because he had done the hard yards in both forms of the game. Kirsten knew the value of practicing to get better than yesterday, and under him the practice sessions were competitive, productive and enjoyable.
He was also aware that some players, but not the whole team, needed to be given time away from the game to recharge their batteries and get them back in the fray totally refreshed and keen to get going.
Since his departure, Indian cricket has just slipped and slipped and seems to be in a free fall that looks tough to be arrested. There will be some who will argue that changing coaches with just one year to go is not a wise move, but unless that is done, the way Indian cricket is going is only down.
Irrespective of what happens in the ICC World Twenty20, what Indian cricket needs at this stage is a younger coach who will want to be out working with the team and not looking to put his feet up at the slightest chance. A young coach will galvanise the players, give them a fresh direction and energy.
Along with that, a bowling coach who will be able to tell from experience how to bowl to different batsmen on various pitches and in different situations is needed for India’s bowlers who often look clueless.
Look how Australia has turned it around in a few months by getting a younger man as coach. David Warner was disciplined and didn’t play a part in the series in England and see how he has come back after that.
His century in each innings effectively took the game away from South Africa and helped Australia win the series. For his twin centuries in the Cape Town Test, David Warner is the Ceat International cricketer of the week.
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