Chappell’s presence to help Aussies off-field: Gloster
While in charge of the Indian team, Greg Chappell's support staff comprised bio-mechanist Ian Frazer, trainer Gregory Allen King, video analyst S Ramakrishnan and physiotherapist John Gloster, Arjun Sen.
While in charge of the Indian team, Greg Chappell's support staff comprised bio-mechanist Ian Frazer, trainer Gregory Allen King, video analyst S Ramakrishnan and physiotherapist John Gloster.
Over the last week, two of the four have been seen in Jaipur where Chappell is working with the Australian team. While Frazer, in his role as head coach of the Rajasthan Cricket Academy's (RCA) Centre of Excellence, has been a regular at the Aussie nets, Ramakrishnan's presence at the venue raised a lot of questions and insinuations, and earned him the BCCI's wrath as well.
On Friday, it was Gloster's turn to show up at the RCA, though, only for a "personal matter". Gloster, who worked with the Indian team from February 2005 to January 2008, is currently with the Indian Premier League champions, Team Jaipur, and was in town to "check up on the new facilities at the Academy".
"With the Champions League just round the corner, I thought I should come and take a look at the facilities that have been added to the Academy and set things in motion," Gloster said.
Asked whether Chappell's presence with the Aussies would provide them with a vital advantage for the series, Gloster said, "I think more than the cricketing side of it, Greg's importance will lie in the fact that he can guide the players about how to embrace the culture, what food to eat, essentially the non-cricketing side of it.
"Believe me, a tour can only be successful if both the cricketing and non-cricketing sides come together just at the right time. So, in that sense, Greg's presence will help."
There has been a lot written and said about the state-of-the-art facilities being offered to the Australians at the RCA, and how this training camp could prove detrimental to the Indians' chances in the Tests.
Gloster, however, had a different take on it.
"Look, if Cricket Australia (CA) has a good relationship with the RCA, and they have been able to organise such a camp two weeks prior to a tour, I see nothing wrong. The Australians are great at preparation, and that is what they have done here too."
Gloster, who has worked with almost all the members in the current Indian team, said a player had to work harder with age, providing the example of skipper Anil Kumble.
"Kumble is the perfect example of such a player - he starts his season before most of the others, pushing himself to the limit and, by the time, the games start, he is in prime shape."
As far as him being here the same time as Chappell, Gloster smiled and said, "It's a coincidence, nothing else."