Sourav Ganguly: Man-management skills also important for a coach

“Various things are needed to make a good coach,” the Cricket Advisory Committee member and former captain says.

Sourav Ganguly... “An impressive presentation does not make you a good coach.”   -  PTI

Sourav Ganguly on Friday used the oft-repeated remark ‘cricket is a captain’s game’ before saying “man-management and situation-understanding skills” make good coaches, apart from skills. Speaking in the wake of the Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble saga, the former captain said, “I think cricket is a captain’s game. Coach should be someone who can help and get the team going.”

Now a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), Ganguly, who had an infamous spat with former coach Greg Chappell, added, “An impressive presentation does not make you a good coach. Various things are needed to make a good coach - like man-management skill, situation-understanding skill. Maybe someone will be better skill-wise but will lack at man-management. You just have to move on.”

He said the Kohli-Kumble story was “past and should be left behind”. “We will do whatever we think is good for Indian cricket. We did the same in appointing Kumble as well. He also gave us results. We played in the final of the Champions Trophy. We will try and do our best,” Ganguly said.

Anil Kumble was appointed as head coach last year to help out the Indian spinners, Ganguly revealed. Ganguly was part of the CAC that had recommended Kumble’s selection. “India’s strength is spin. So we thought he would be able to help our spinners. We thought Anil would handle it properly, having played at the top level for so many years and becoming successful.”


As he stepped down as India coach, Kumble termed his partnership with Kohli “untenable”. Ganguly, who had earlier said the situation should have been handled better, said it was normal to have differences. “This is normal in life when you are together somewhere there will be difference of opinions. Even at work, you have differences. You just have to deal with it,” he told ANM News.

Ganguly said he has seen Virender Sehwag’s Curriculum Vitae for the post of India coach and it was not a two-liner as reported in the media. “I’ve seen Sehwag’s CV and it’s not a two-liner one. He has a complete CV. But can you become the India coach by sending a CV?” he asked. “Coach is made on the ground. And he is Sehwag, a known personality. Everyone knows him and his cricketing skills. He’s not someone who has come from Midnapore district of West Bengal,” he quipped.

“So I don’t think it’s an issue. We will sit, talk and finalise. Difficult to take a name at the moment. Whoever is good will get the job, be it Shastri, Sehwag or someone else. We will take an opinion and decide,” Ganguly said.

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