Thursday, June 22, 2017
Co-ordination between captain and coach indispensable
BCCI should have taken the differences between Captain Virat Kohli and Coach Anil Kumble seriously and tried to iron out in the interest of Team India. It was the rift between the two that resulted in the loss of Champions Trophy. Both Kohli and Kumble have been big players. Kumble is one of the greatest spin bowlers of not only India but also the world. If the Captain and the Coach had planned a strategy for the final match of Champions Trophy well in advance, India would have won. In the very first league match of the Champions Trophy, India had defeated Pakistan by a big margin. But Pakistan almost crushed and pulverized India in the final match. Pakistan played better and they won the Champions Trophy. They outplayed India in every department of the game. From the beginning of the match, everything went wrong with India. India won the toss. But they elected to field as they felt that they were the great chasers. All its bowlers looked helpless before the young Pakistani batsmen. No bowler made any impact on the Pak batsmen. Fielding was poor. Pakistan played well and scored a big total. Under the pressure of a big total, India batting order crumbled very easily. They could not play the ball on its merit. Undoubtedly, Pakistan has world class fast bowler but it does not mean that our batsmen like Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhavan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Jadeja could not play them very easily. They could have played well if they had willed to win the Champions Trophy. The differences between the captain and the coach had reached the point of no return and that also affected the concentration of the players very badly. The only one player who impressed all Indians with his excellent batting is all rounder, Hardik Pandya. He left an imprint on all spectators in the stadium by his superb batting, fielding, and bowling. If he had not been run out, he could have led India to victory in the Champions Trophy single-handedly. But the foolish call of Jadeja caused a misunderstanding that resulted in his run out. Pandya is a brilliant player. He must be given enough opportunity to play. On the Oval field he showed the world that he had guts to lift the ball sky high to send it across the fence. He is an extra-ordinary attacking batsman, brilliant fielder and a good wicket taker. Undoubtedly, Anil Kumble had been a very big player of Team India. He has enough experience and barring the defeat in Champions Trophy, his tenure as coach of the team in the last two years has been excellent. India have defeated almost all teams during his period of coaching. But since the differences cropped up between captain and coach, India suffered. So, BCCI has the prime responsibility to pay attention to every activity of the players in the dressing room during any match. All of a sudden Kumble resigned after the defeat of India at the hands of Pakistan in the final match at the Oval of Champions Trophy. Now, Team India players are on tour in West Indies. There will be ODIs between the two countries. The team is without the coach. BCCI should also fix the area of functioning of the coach and the captain. The captain leads the team on the field. So, he can take any decision in the interest of the team keeping in view the position of the match on the field, but the coach has also an important role in preparing the team to face the challenge on the field. The coach and the captain both have significant roles to play. There must be smooth co-ordination between the two to keep the players of the team well prepared to face the rival team players on the field. BCCI must select a well-qualified coach to give the team winning tips in matches to come.