Whatmore is ready, What more do you want?

Dav Whatmore is quite keen to coach the Indian team and the BCCI is quite keen to hire him too. According to reports, the seven-member committee is to meet on June 4 and the new coach to be named four to five days later.

There are few things working in Whatmore’s favour –

  • His success as a coach with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh has been quite good.(Compare this to Greg Chappell, who never had any international experience before he took up the Indian gig. During his tenure as coach for South Australia, there wasn’t any significant change in results for the team)
  • He is seen more of a moderate (in the John Wright mould) and could fit well in the Indian system, where stars are big and egos bigger. Whatmore says he is quite comfortable handling the stars. This is the area where Greg Chappell had the most problems and Whatmore’s man management skills could come in handy
  • As Whatmore has spent a substantial time of his international coaching career in the sub-continent, he probably understands the psyche of the players, the passion of the fans, the hype of the media and the pressure that goes with it all much better than other international coaches
  • His name is the only one doing the rounds!

Dav Whatmore never made it big as a player and in a country like India where star status (Greg had plenty of it, no doubt) is sometimes more important than ability, this could be a problem. With the success of people like Buchanan as coach, this thinking is actually changing and Whatmore’s prior success in the job should also hold him in good stead.

Does Whatmore have all the attributes for a good coach? For India’s sake, I sure hope so…

(One of the things that has been discussed in this blog is that people who never made it big as a player sometimes make better coaches than people who had the natural ability and skill in their chosen sport. The main argument was that people with natural ability didn’t have to try anything different. They never had any shortcomings to overcome or techniques to correct, whereas the others had to learn things the hard way and this helps them when they become coach. Going by this theory and Whatmore’s previous successes, it certainly seems to be the case)



6 responses to “Whatmore is ready, What more do you want?

  1. When there is a “not so famous/accomplished” player, big name players think,

    ” what does this guy know ? I have played …. ”

    Greg Chappell was ” I have been there and done that ? ” He was equal if not better player than most of the Indian players. Our guys could guys could not handle that.

    Inside scoop – I understand John Wright was not treated properly by the Indian players towards the end and he also gave up.

  2. So, are you suggesting that no matter who the coach is we are doomed 🙂 ?

  3. Hello,

    I want India to do well. and win all the next Test series @ England, @ Australia, …. and finally win the next World Cup.

    But that requires an attitude change for the Indian players. Some of the feel that a place in the Indian team is an entitlement.

    BTW, Kirmani – who was a selector – echoed my view 🙂

  4. Pah!!

    If you go on ex-players’ views, they are all bitter men. Have you ever hear Bedi and Ashok Malmotra? They’ve been ex-coaches as well as players. They talk like fools.

  5. I remember that Bedi was actually a “Cricket Manager” on a NZ tour, and his comment that the players shouldb be dumped in the nearby ocean didn’t go down too well with the players – When Azhar (who was the captain back then) came back, he made sure that Bedi was the one who was dumped (although not in the ocean) 🙂

    Having said that, not all ex-players are bitter. There are a few (Manjraker, Shastri, etc) who hold pretty good views. You can probably count them in your fingers, though.

  6. “I don’t think so. I think the public loves the sport. It is unfortunate that the team has not done all that well in England. They will be returning very soon and I am sure they will be supported by every one.”
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