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Richards ready to be India~~s batting coach

Published: Friday, April 6, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
 
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St.John's, Antigua:Former West Indies skipper Vivian Richards today said he was ready to be India's batting coach, ''if I am offered the assignment.'' Talking to Indian mediapersons here, Sir Viv said, ''Indian team has a lot of potential, it is an exciting side and I will be happy to be the batting coach, if I am asked to take up that job.''

''I will also like to be involved in motivating the players, to help in regaining their self belief,'' he said, adding he will not blame Greg Chappell for India's failure in the World Cup because as a coach, ''I think Greg did his best.''

About the ongoing World Cup, the legendary batsman made no secret of his unhappiness on the restrictions put on the crowd.

The restrictions on musical instruments and banners in World Cup grounds have taken away the traditional carnival atmosphere.

Richards said the absence of vocal crowd at the stadium had taken the sheen out of this World Cup.

''I am a Caribbean person who said from the first day that we had a match in Antigua and that we are exciting and vibrant people.

The fact is that something seems to be missing,'' he rued.

The master blaster said, ''I certainly believe that we have had too many restrictions. We are rather unique people and are different to the way you live in Europe, or maybe in South Africa or in Australia.

''We are different in terms of our living style, our vibrant way of life, and I just thought someone held them by the throat and said -- 'No...I don't want you to shout any more'.'' He was disappointed with the way West Indies has performed in the Super eight league after giving impressive display in the Group league matches. ''I'm feeling the same way that I know a whole lot of Caribbean people are feeling at this particular stage,'' he said.

''We are a little bit dumbfounded that here we have a team that hasn't really shown much interest as such in knowing what they are representing. I haven't written them off, I'm just very, very disappointed,'' he added.

UNI

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