The most successful Indian coach, who was on a private visit to the 'Pearl City', speaking to newspersons at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium here said, ''India is a vast country with different languages and cultures. It is very difficult for foreigners to understand and extract good performance from our cricketers.''
''We have good coaches like Sandeep Patil who did well with Kenya and Indian junior sides, and Jimmy Amarnath and Gundappa Vishwanath, who brought glamour to Indian batting with copybook shots and innovative strokes. They are not inferior to any foreigner,'' Wadekar said.
''With Sachin, Ganguly, Dravid, VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble in the ranks, I was surprised to see India not getting good results for the last one year. We don't need to adopt Aussie style of training methods. We need to develop our own methods of excercises and fitness programme," he added.
"After the previous World Cup we were ranked second, now we dropped to eighth place. This shows where we stand and what we require."
Wadekar felt sad that the team was not utilising V V S Laxman's talent properly. "Laxman is a wonderful player with gifted shots. No one would forget his knock of 281 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata which sealed the invincible Aussies' fate. I pity that the team management is using his services for the tougher tours and keeping him on the bench for the easier series. This is sad for Indian cricket", he said.
Commenting on Sachin he said, "He is still a good player after having served the country for 17 long years. He knows what is right and when he will retire. Endorsements will have no bearing on his performance, though he needs to balance them with his play. I still hope Sachin would continue the goodwork he did during the Bangladesh tour and he can take care of his fitness".
Replying to another question on poor fitness of our fast bowlers, he said, "Everyone is not Kapil Dev who had served the country for 17 years. One has to take him as role model and follow his footsteps to keep up the fitness. Here I invite everyone's attention that a physio will play crucial role. In fact physio should certify the player's fitness before he goes for final selection".
When asked what steps should be take to improve domestic cricket he said, "First our system should encourage star players to represent their home states and play along budding and junior talent."