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Wright strikes right note with players

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: John Wright, the Indian cricket team's first foreign coach, seems to have struck the right note with the squad and is believed to have endeared himself to the players thanks to his affable nature and professional approach.The former Kiwi captain is said to be friendly with the players and is believed to have established a good rapport with them. "He is trying his best to get to know the players," a source close to the team said."He makes an earnest effort to understand individual players," an official said. "He does not run down a player when he commits a mistake but encourages him to do better the next time," he added.And, during the ongoing India-Zimbabwe Test match, Wright has been diligently tapping away at his laptop computer. An official said the New Zealander even recorded each ball bowled.However, Wright's induction as coach was not without its share of teething problems. After taking charge of the team on November 15, he was initially caught up running errands, pushing cricketing matters into the background.When the 46-year-old became frustrated doing things like arranging for practice balls and sending faxes, he asked the Cricket Board to lend him a helping hand. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), for a change, reacted quickly and appointed a man to help out the former New Zealand captain to assist him in his day-to-day work and liaise with the Board.However, Wright has overcome these hiccups and it is back to cricket now. People who have seen him from close quarters have good words to say about the affable coach. "He does not get flustered easily," an official said.Wright is also taking a keen interest in domestic cricket and is following the ongoing Ranji Trophy matches through newspaper reports. "He reads all the newspapers and follows who is doing well in local tournaments," a source said.Not satisfied with newspaper reports, Wright has asked the BCCI to provide him with a list of the "second string" players.Wright, who served as coach of English county club Kent for four successive years, has been hired for a year as an initial agreement between him and the BCCI, with a provision to renew the contract at the end of the year.

India Abroad News Service

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