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Sourav Ganguly says Virat Kohli needs to understand how coaches operate

Sourav Ganguly has said that Virat Kohli needs to understand how coaches operate after the cricket Advisory Committee deferred the decision to name the head coach of the Indian cricket team.

cricket Updated: Jul 10, 2017 19:37 IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Sourav Ganguly has said the decision to appoint the next head coach of the Indian cricket team will be discussed with skipper Virat Kohli after he returns from the West Indies.(BCCI)

Sourav Ganguly has sent out a strong message to India skipper Virat Kohli about how coaches operate after the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) put on hold the decision to appoint the new head coach of the Indian cricket team. Ganguly, who is part of the CAC, added that if everyone is on the same page, then they could go ahead and finalize the candidate.

“Virat needs to understand how the coaches also operate. That’s the best way forward,” said Ganguly on behalf of the CAC which included Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.

From all indications, the CAC had made their choice for the India chief coach but have decided to first discuss it with Kohli in order to avoid a situation that led to the unceremonious exit of Anil Kumble, their chosen candidate, after the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in June 2017.

“We have decided to hold the announcement of the coach. We need a few days to talk to a few more players and the captain before making an announcement because we feel that there is no hurry at the moment.” said Ganguly. “We want to speak to Kohli once he is back from the Caribbean. We will explain to him that coaches function in a certain way and make sure that everybody is on the same page before we make the announcement because once we make it, the decision will stay till the World Cup,”

The CAC interviewed five candidates - Lalchand Rajput, Virender Sehwag, Richard Pybus, Ravi Shastri and Tom Moody. At the start of the process, Shastri was the frontrunner but it seems like his appointment may depend entirely on Kohli’s backing as Sehwag and Moody seemed to have put up an impressive presentation.

“It has to be decided for one and all because everybody will be different. Everybody wants the good of the team whether it is Virat, Anil (Kumble) or whether the five people who were interviewed today. All of us sitting here want the best possible thing for Indian cricket. Everybody has to be on the same page,” Ganguly added.

Ganguly said for the Sri Lankan tour, which will begin on July 26, the BCCI will probably continue with the present set of support staff.

Credit to Kohli

Ganguly said the presentations made by the coaches were outstanding.

“They have (presentations) been outstanding, especially some of the names which we have been discussing about. I am especially surprised and happy when we heard about how they want to go about the job. So from that point of view we will have everybody on the same page and take a call in the due course of time,” Ganguly said.

The former India skipper added that Kohli refrained from giving his inputs to the CAC.

“You got to give credit to Virat. He gave no inputs, he has not sent any names but we feel as the Advisory Committee that he is the captain which is the most important thing in cricket. He and everyone of us need to be on the same page because Indian cricket is more important,” Ganguly said.

First Published: Jul 10, 2017 19:37 IST