Patil favours retention of Wright as coach

Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Former cricketer Sandeep Patil on Tuesday gave his thumbs-up to Indian team coach John Wright, saying the New Zealander is doing a great job and needs to be continued in this role for some more years.

Maintaining that Wright has done a fantastic job, Patil, currently coach of the India 'A' side, said in Bangalore that he would personally love to see the New Zealander continue to work with the Indian team for (some)more years.

"Because he (Wright) has given results; he has moulded the team into one great unit," Patil, a former coach of the senior team himself, said.

"Sourav (Ganguly) has done fantastic job as a captain and the team is playing well with John (Wright) and Sourav which is important than this talk about who is going to be next to John. I think John should continue," he said.

Patil's comments came when asked if he believed that if India need to encourage domestic talent also in spheres of coaching, physical training and physiotherapy as Wright, physical trainer Gregory King and physiotherapist Andrew Leipus are all from overseas; and whether he would be interested to take Wright's job as the New Zealander's contract tenure is ending in September (but there are firm indications that Wright would continue).

"Everything is related to the results. It's a result-oriented industry. John has done a fantastic job. So has Andrew and King. They have given results; they are not just sitting there; they have shown great consistency in their work and also in results. They have helped the team. Fitness level has improved. It's work. Everything is work," Patil said.

Stating that the senior team is doing a great job, he said all credit should go to Ganguly, the way he has led, and also to Wright, King and Leipus who have worked so hard.

"They have drawn plan for each individual; drawing is one thing but following it is another thing; Greg and John are making sure that what they have been doing are followed properly and result is showing," he said.

"The consistency shown by batsmen and bowlers...it's not only that we are talking about batting which was the strength of the Indian cricket but now consistency has come in all three departments which is very, very good sign," Patil said.

On the emergence of young faster bowlers, he said it happens over a period of time. "Two decades back, we had great spinners; suddenly Kapil Dev emerged....we were depending on fast bowlers; again now great talent is coming up in fast bowling".

Patil also said ten years back, nobody thought of engaging a psychologist or video analyst. "Now, everything is so important, and I am so happy that the game is moving forward in the right direction. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is taking some right decisions, and that's why we are seeing the results".

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