Ready to coach India if given a chance, says Sourav Ganguly

Last Updated 06 September 2012, 19:02 IST

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is open to coaching the senior national team if the Indian cricket board feels that he is a suitable candidate for the hot seat.

"Obviously, I have interest in coaching but only time will tell what can happen in future. If the BCCI feels that I can be a good coach, I will be ready. I feel I can create a difference in terms of the ability of the players, their form and their development. That will be one way of my repaying the game," Ganguly said.

One of the most successful among Indian captains, the stylish left-hander of yesteryears maintained that captain is always the main man and coach can only be a back-up support.

"I have always maintained that the captain is the most important link in the team and he has to take certain on-field decisions. When I was captain for 5-6 years, there were many occasions when I had to reverse whatever we had decided in the team meetings according to situations. The coach is just there to help the captain," he observed.

Ganguly is a firm believer that once the match starts, the coach takes "back seat" as ultimately the players will go out and perform.

"Whosoever it can be; a Ganguly or a Rahul Dravid, maybe a Sachin Tendulkar and a Duncan Fletcher, the coach will have to support the captain through his man management skills," he told Hindi news channel Aaj Tak.

When asked if he was eyeing the World Cup 2015 as the timeframe for him to become the coach, Ganguly felt Duncan ought to be a frontrunner for that.

"The World Cup is three years away and if the team does well in this season, obviously Duncan will be given an extended contract till the World Cup. I think we need to back Duncan as he needs good results. He has a young side under him and he would need to work hard for the team to win outside of the sub continent.

"Before him, Gary Kirsten had a very important stint and the team played very well under him so I would really want Duncan to do well."

Ganguly feels that unlike the time in early 2000 when John Wright took over as India coach, the time is perfect for an Indian to don the mantle.

"When John Wright came in, the situation was different and the need was to have a foreign coach who could expose the players to modern fitness and training methods. Different captains and different coaches brought in that culture within the team, where the players believed they could do well abroad."

"But the Indian cricket is well aware of the modern techniques now. Don't forget, we won the World T20 in 2007 and the CB Series in 2008 under Lalchand Rajput and on the victorious 2007 tour of England, Mr Chandu Borde was the coach so it is about the ability to understand the players better that matters now."

On suggestions of him being approached by the BCCI for the post of chief selector to replace Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Ganguly said,"Honestly, I should not be talking about it (the offer). Remember, I just retired from the game a few years ago plus one has to stay away from home as a selector needs to watch even domestic players.

"Right now, this seems a bit difficult for me. All I can say is that this is a very important phase in Indian cricket as at least four selectors will change.

The former skipper also feels that Mohinder Amarnath is the perfect choice to become the chairman of selectors.

"I am sure the BCCI would get the right people in as it will be important to get selectors with experience as they can relate to young players and groom them properly. I am hoping for Mohinder Amarnath to become chief selector as he is just a year into his term," he concluded.

(Published 06 September 2012, 10:56 IST)

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