Mumbai, Mar 22: Even before India could cap off their World Cup campaign, there is already a lot of buzz about the likely replacement for Gary Kirsten as the coach of Team India. Reports suggest that former Australian Opener Justin Langer may succeed Kirsten as the chief coach of Team India (Langer's statistics).
According to a report published by the Mid Day, senior players in the Indian team have let BCCI know of their preference to have Langer as Kirsten's Successor. Langer who played 105 Tests for Australia and scored 7696 runs at an impressive average of 45.27 is yet to coach an international side. Currently he is a batting consultant with the Australian team.
However, the report also informs that Langer has not been approached by the BCCI, nor has he been informed by any Indian player about any such possibility. He was quoted by the tabloid as saying, "I haven't spoken to BCCI or any of the Indian players on this issue. It is very flattering to hear that the Indian players feel I am capable enough to take up such a big post. Most people say it is the toughest job in the world."
On being queried, if he would take up the job if offered, the former Australian opener nodded in the affirmative. Mid Day quotes him as saying, "Yes, I would. But, who knows? I wouldn't want to think or talk about it till the World Cup ends. My primary duty right now is with the Australian cricket team. I am obliged to that duty at the moment. I am not contracted with Cricket Australia, my role as batting consultant ends after the World Cup."
Hopefully the BCCI bosses have learnt their lessons from the Greg Chappell saga and would do well to avoid any reprisal of the infamous coaching tenure in Indian cricketing history.