Sack coach Fletcher straight away: Vengsarkar

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Updated: Friday, December 14, 2012, 17:01 [IST]
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New Delhi, Dec 14: Ever since India's losses to England at Wankhede and Eden Gardens, critics have been targeting MS Dhoni, Duncan Fletcher and a couple of seniors who haven't performed well in the ongoing Test series against England.

While many have urged for Dhoni's sacking, a couple of them have criticized Duncan Fletcher's role as coach of the Indian cricket team.

Fletcher should be sacked: Vengsarkar

Fletcher's record has been far from satisfactory as Team India haven't won any major ODI tournaments under his guidance while the Test performance is the worst India has ever witnessed in the last few years.

Having lost 10 matches to England and Australia in the last one and a half years, the team has totally lost track as selectors and critics feel the former Zimbabwean player should be sacked as Team India coach.

"I think he is a big failure. I think he should be sacked straight away," former cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar, who played 116 Tests & 129 ODIs for India, said.

Former India cricketer Mohinder Amarnath who recently stirred a controversy having revealed that BCCI president N Srinivasan blocked Dhoni's sacking, also voiced his opinion on having foreign coaches.

"There is a saying in India. If you are fair and white, you are fine. If you are dark, you are good for nothing. I personally don't believe in foreign coaches," Amarnath said.

Talking about the coach's failure, Rahul Dravid said "I think his reputation is on the line as well. I think, knowing someone like him, he would want to get more involved and have a say in where his own career and his own reputation is headed."

Moreover, Dhoni had also defended the coach before the start of the fourth Test as he said "We can't put the blame on Duncan Fletcher. We should not really look into excuses and try not to play the blame game and put it on the coach. Ultimately what matters is how the 11 players perform in the middle."

Given Fletcher's record since he took over from Gary Kirsten as coach of the Indian Cricket Team, it clearly suggests that the coach needs to be axed.

India have lost 10 Tests and won only 6 in the last one and a half years. India has lost 6 Tests out of 7 played against England, also witnessing 8 outright losses to England and Australia in Tests.

If that wasn't enough, India was knocked out of two ODI tournaments earlier this year, lost to Bangladesh and moreover witnessed an early ouster from World T20 in Sep 2012.

England had won 8 consecutive Tests in 2004 and also became the first English side to win an Ashes in 18 years under his guidance, while he hasn't led the Indian cricket team to a higher level since taking charge from Gary Kirsten after India's World Cup triumph in 2011.

According to sources, BCCI is not keen on renewing Duncan Fletcher's contract that expires in March next year.


Story first published:  Friday, December 14, 2012, 15:31 [IST]
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