Sachin Tendulkar praises coach Duncan Fletcher

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Published: Monday, August 20, 2012, 11:24 [IST]
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Tendulkar praises coach Fletcher

Bangalore, Aug 20: India coach Duncan Fletcher might be facing the heat over Test debacles overseas, but star batsman Sachin Tendulkar has backed the Zimbabwean saying he is "doing a fantastic job."

After taking over the reins of Indian coaching from Gary Kirsten, Fletchers has not been able to replicate the South African's success. India have been poor in Tests, losing eight successive five-day games abroad.

First they were hammered by England 4-0 last year and MS Dhoni and his boys were humiliated by a similar margin earlier this year in Australia.

When asked about the coach, Sachin Tendulkar, in an interview to "The Times of India" on Sunday, said: "Duncan has been really good. Sometimes it happens (bad results) to the best of sides. I feel he's doing a fantastic job. It was a testing time for him and everyone when he came in. He dealt with it brilliantly, kept his calm and at the same time he kept trying to see how we could improve, what we could do better. He never lost his patience. It wasn't an easy period for anyone, for coach, player or the team to deal with the kind of season we had. But Duncan controlled everything quite nicely."

When the coach enjoys the support of the most respected member of the Indian cricket team, Fletcher can relax for the time being.

India's next Test assignment is against New Zealand starting on August 23 in Hyderabad. The second Test will be in Bangalore from August 31.


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