England. Indian cricket team today credited Coach Duncan Fletcher, for bringing turnaround in their performances, that helped them clinch ODI series against England yesterday.
Lavishing praises on the 65 year old coach, players claimed they were able to hit back form only because of the poor level of Duncan’s coaching.
“His robotic style of coaching and demeanor irritated and frustrated us to the core and that’s when we began to look for answers within ourselves,” opener Shikhar Dhawan explained how Duncan’s coaching skills or rather the lack of them cannot be undermined.
“And then the inclusion of Ravi Shastri as a director further meant that BCCI was in no mood to lift coaching standards of the team and was simply conveying that “we are on our own”,” Dhawan went on to disclose the final nail in the coffin.
Right after Ravi’s arrival, Dhoni reportedly held a team meeting and told players to forget they have any coach for a while and asked them to lift their games themselves if they are to retain their places in the squad. Jadeja, Raina, Rohit and Ashwin were allowed to skip this meeting by Dhoni.
BCCI too accepted that move to extend Duncan’s stay and include Shastri was deliberate.
“It is very simple. During school/college if your teacher turns out to be a noob, you don’t simply surrender to your destiny by allowing yourself to be fail exams. Instead you then start self studies and study even harder to make up for the woeful teaching standards in school,” Rajiv Shukla told Faking News.
“And that’s exactly what has happened with the Indian team,” he added.
“Either you have a very good coach like Gary Kirsten or you have an extremely pathetic one like Duncan. An average coach doesn’t help one’s cause,” Shukla pointed, “We are glad Duncan was able to realize it soon into the job.”
When asked how an average coach is worse than a pathetic coach, Shukla explained, “For example Greg Chappel was an average coach as he did lot of shuffling of the batting line up, came up with ideas howsoever weird they could be. All this didn’t help team. Players were in dilemma whether to trust him or their own instincts and that eventually led to team’s downfall.”