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I look forward to long-term stint: Gaekwad

Published: Tuesday, November 14, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Dhaka: Outgoing Indian coach Aunshuman Gaekwad, who was brought in as a stop-gap after the sudden exit by Kapil Dev, feels he could have done better if he had been given a longer stint.Gaekwad, who got a fine farewell from Saurav Ganguly and his boys with a win over Bangladesh in the latter's first Test, feels to maintain the consistency, a coach should be given more time.''It sure feels great to sign off on a winning note, but I feel that I could have produced better results had I not been removed after my first stint,'' Gaekwad, whose contract was not renewed after September 1999, said after the match on Monday.''I had planned a lot of things and would have implemented them had I got a longer term the first time around. I have had a fairly successful innings as India's coach, but I would like to see the team perform more consistently,'' Gaekwad said looking back.Gaekwad, who took over the reins a second time a couple of months back after Kapil resigned, said he was reluctant to take over for such a short period. ''But I did so in the best interests of Indian cricket. I was hesitant because I knew that no coach could deliver in such a short span of two months, but the BCCI president requested me and I could not turn him down. ''At least I knew most of the boys which meant I could slip into the role more easily than anyone else. All this made me accept the job,'' Gaekwad said. The coach, during whose tenure India produced mixed results, said it was time, ''We stopped criticising the coach and the captain for the team's overall failure. Tell me, when the team got out for 54 against Sri Lanka in the final at Sharjah last month, was it because of poor coaching or captaincy? Will any coach or captain ever tell the players to throw their wickets?''It was essentially a batting debacle and should be dealt as such, but in India we tend to praise the captain and the coach when we win and lambast them for a loss. There is hardly any constructive critisism, '' Gaekwad lamented.Asked whether he would ever take up the job again if offered, Gaekwad said, ''Of course coaching India is a challenge and I would love to take it up but only on my terms. I won't be interested unless it is a long-term assignment. ''It if you remember, even during my two-year tenure earlier, I was initially appointed for one year. Unless you know that you are going to be there for a certain period of time, you cannot plan things. Even the players' response would not be positive if they know that I am not going to be there tomorrow.''Geakwad said he was touched when he was requested by Saurav to hand over the India caps to the three players who made their debut - Shiv Sundar Das, Saba Karim and Zaheer Khan - on the morning of day one in the Test match. Usually the captain hands over the cap to a debutant.''The Indian team is now a happy family, and I will miss the boys,'' Gaekwad said. UNI

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