5 Most Controversial Coaches of Indian Cricket Team
New head coach of the Indian Cricket team was announced on Friday. The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaikwad and Shantha Rangaswamy decided that Ravi Shastri will retain his position as the coach of the Indian Cricket team.
Notably, Shastri is all set to remain as coach of the Indian team until 24 November, 2021. Shastri had taken over the responsibility of being the coach of the Indian team from Anil Kumble. It is also worth highlighting here that Kumble had stepped down from his post of the Indian coach after tensions between him and Indian Cricket captain Virat Kohli.
Let us have a look at few coaches whose stints were surrounded by such controversies.
The tension between Virat Kohli had Anil Kumble had sent shock waves across the entire country. Everyone who followed the sport was stunned by what was happening between the duo. Although the duo had performed quite well together, Anil Kumble failed to be on the same page as Virat Kohli.
Reports suggest that along with Virat Kohli other senior players were not too impressed with Anil Kumble’s style of coaching. Reports also added that Kumble’s style was more authoritative and this was the reason why a few players even registered a complaint against him with the concerned BCCI officials. However, Anil resigned soon after.
Two absolute legends of Indian Cricket- Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev also had tension building between them during Kapil Dev’s coaching tenure. Sachin even mentioned about this in his autobiography ‘Playing it My Way’. Notably, Kapil had become India’s coach in 1999. Kapil had his own unique coaching methods which did not seem to impress Sachin Tendulkar who was then the captain of the side. However, the controversy ended in 2000 when Sachin resigned from captaincy and Kapil stepped down as coach.
Bishan Singh Bedi
Former Indian player Bishan Singh Bedi coached the indian team from 1990 to 1991. Soon after Bedi had become the coach, India went for a tri-series in New Zealand. Along with India and New Zealand, the third team which participated in the tournament was Australia.
In one particular encounter against Australia, India failed to chase down a modest Australian total of 187 runs. At that time, the then coach of the Indian team, Bishan Singh Bedi, had stated controversially that the entire team and captain should be left to drown in the Pacific Ocean. Bedi soon lost his job after that comment.
In a four team tournament played in Sri Lanka in 1996, India had experienced a massive defeat to Australia in one match. Post this game, Patil, who was then the coach, was frustrated and vented out his frustration on Indian team. However, team and the players did not like his attitude.
Later captain and players filed a complaint against him and he had to resign from his job.
Former Australian cricketer Greg Chappell is often known as the most controversial coach in the history of Indian Cricket. When Chappell was coach, him and Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly had a lot of rifts between them. Although both were great players in their respective times, when it came to sharing the same dressing room, the duo found it hard to manage and mutually decide a team plan.
Prior to a test match scheduled to be played against Zimbabwe, Ganguly asked Chappell who should be selected in the team between Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif. However, much to his surprise, Greg stated that both of them would be in the XI and it is Ganguly who would have to sit out.
Chappell, later, wrote a letter to BCCI stating how Ganguly was both physically and mentally unfit to lead the team.
When India were knocked out of the first round of ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, it was Greg Chappell who was the coach.