There are just a couple of days left for candidates to send in their applications for the post of head coach of the Indian cricket team. The BCCI put out a job description that had nine points including being able to converse in Hindi or anyone of the local languages. This statement from the BCCI appeared to favour the appointment of an Indian coach and as of now there have been no reports of any foreign coaches applying for the position.
ODI and T20 captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni recently opened up and shared his thoughts on the appointment of a new head coach. Dhoni stated that although speaking in Hindi was highlighted by the BCCI, most of the members in the Indian squad understood English well and the few that found it difficult were also making strides to learn the language.
Dhoni believes that the most important characteristic of the next head coach must be his ability to understand the Indian culture as it was essential to understand how the players were brought up. The ability to understand Indian culture would also make it easy for him to gel with the players and build strong relationships. Chief selector Sandeep Patel, former team manager Ravi Shastri and ex-bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad have all sent in their applications for the head coach role.
However Virat Kohli, the test captain has already stated that he thinks the former New Zealand captain and coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Daniel Vettori would make a great head coach. However there is no indication as of now that Vettori has sent in his application for the role.
Just last week Ravi Shastri made it clear that he thinks it is time for MS Dhoni to relinquish the captaincy and allow Virat Kohli to take over in all formats. Should Shastri be elected as the head coach it could cause a lot of tension in the dressing room as MS Dhoni has made it clear that he has no plans to retire and wants to continue as captain. Dhoni has stated that it would be up to the BCCI to decide if he should continue as captain or not.
The skipper is scheduled to tour Zimbabwe this month with a young squad and will want to do well both as a captain and a batsman. In a statement, Dhoni said “The guys will try to prove themselves, show what talent they’ve got to show at the international level. Zimbabwe can be challenging at the same time. When it comes to talent part, the squad looks good. All of them have been rewarded for their domestic cricket.”