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Friday, May 13, 2005

Cricket: Who will Coach India? Tom Moody or Jimmy Amarnath?


It's 02:40 a.m. Surprise, a Koel's cooing wafts across the window.

Thoughts on India's New Cricket Coach.

The Cricket Control Board has shortlisted Australians Greg Chappell and Tom Moody with Indians Jimmy Amarnath and Sandeep Patil.

Batting is Strong
India doesn't need a coach who teaches batting because all our top batsmen have a unique style of batting. Shewag's flamboyance, Rahul Dravid's stability, Sachin's solidity, Laxman's magic, Kaif's nudge, push, and run, Yuvraj's bold strokes.

Sachin, Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Laxman, and others don't need tips on batting, except for Ganguly.

Need for a Bowling Coach
Now, lets look at the bowling. For India to win the 2007 Cricket World to be played in the West Indies, our bowling attack needs a lot of strength. The grounds in the Caribbean islands are half of those in Australia. It is going to be a batsman's world cup, as always, but here the bowlers will be under more pressure because of the shorter boundaries.

Irfan Pathan, Laxmipathy Balaji, Ashish Nehra, and Zaheer Khan all look good to be the fast bowlers who will be in India's 2007 team. This is the fast bowling team that a coach has to build and Tom Moody will be a good candidate for the Coach's position.

Tom Moody
Tom Moody always contributed with the bat, ball, and in the field whenever he represented Australia, and although his test record doesn't show many milestones, yet his ability to be a team player, one who always contributed when called upon, and his strength as a bowling all-rounder should tilt the scale in his favour.

Steve Waugh says Tom Moody is the best player to coach India and he's right because our batting has champions one after the other. All artists in their own ways. Batting is an art and people will learn on their own, but bowling—fast bowling requires guidance and tips to prevent injuries, build stamina, and attain perfection, more so in ODIs and this is where Tom Moody can build India's bowling attack for the 2007 world cup.

Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, and Anil Kumble want Tom Moody as a coach. Sachin and Kumble agree with Dravid that India needs a bowling coach. Ganguly wants Greg Chappell.

Jimmy Amarnath with his guts and glory approach to batting (Amarnath's battles with the West Indies fast bowlers of early 80s: Holding, Garner, Roberts, and Marshall is legendary. That bloodied nose during the Windies tour and coming back and hooking Marshall for a first ball six without a helmet; as are his continuous ducks versus Pakistan in the home series). Jimmy Amarnath's Test carreer has followed the path of a zero to a hero to a zero. His determination, toughness, and bowling expertise will help India in tests and one-dayers. A coach (in sport, teaching, or life) has to be a good communicator. Jimmy Amarnath's skills will be tested here. Although everyone understands Hindi so that won't be an issue.

So it's Tom Moody with an eye on the 2007 world cup.
Or Mohinder (Jimmy) Amarnath to build a strong, fighting team for Tests and ODIs.

India needs a bowling coach and both these all-rounders fit the position.
Let's see who becomes India's Cricket Coach.

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