Arun Lal, Karsan Ghavri prove experience invaluable in reply to BCCI
Written by Shamik Chakrabarty
| Kolkata |

Published: March 17, 2020 1:17:57 am


Bengal coach Arun Lal led his staff to the Ranji Trophy last. (Express Photo by Partha Paul)

In an interesting Ranji Trophy last, the Arun Lal-Karsan Ghavri embrace was essentially the most memorable body. The Bengal head coach had walked up to his Saurashtra counterpart after the result of the match was determined. Lal is 64 years of age and Ghavri is 69. The former remodeled a bunch of also-rans right into a successful unit, whereas Ghavri presided over Saurashtra’s maiden Ranji Trophy title.

Age-wise, they weren’t instances in isolation. Chandrakant Pandit, who would flip 59 in a couple of months, is among the most profitable coaches in home cricket, the mastermind of Vidarbha’s back-to-back title triumphs in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Delhi have had been steadily supplying expertise to the Indian staff and India A underneath their coach KP Bhaskar, a 57-year-old former home stalwart. Tamil Nadu have completed moderately effectively this season underneath Diwakar Vasu, who’s in his fifties. Old guards have made their respective younger groups tick.

Rewind to the BCCI’s commercial for teaching employees, issued underneath the Committee of Administrators (CoA) final yr. The three-point eligibility standards had talked about that the applicant should be under 60 years of age. So hypothetically, if somebody like Lal or Ghavri or Pandit (it was a two-year contract), or skilled coaches like Sandeep Patil, Madan Lal and Anshuman Gaekwad for that matter, had utilized for the job, their purposes would have been summarily rejected – disqualified for being too previous.

Former Mumbai captain Amol Muzumdar is aware of the most effective of each worlds. Apart from being a home legend, the previous middle-order batsman has earned his teaching badges and labored as South Arica’s batting coach when Faf du Plessis and firm had toured India final yr. Muzumdar falls for experience.

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“See, it’s a really gray space however I really feel there’s no substitute for experience. Karsan Ghavri coached us (Mumbai) in 1993-94, my first season. At that point there was no idea referred to as coach. But he was the senior man, together with Ravi Shastri, who was guiding us. Sometimes we get muddled-up with some issues – Level 1, Level 2, Level three coaches, this and that. All the flamboyant stuff of placing totally different drills, do that and that, it makes a great bundle.

“But at the same time, I feel experience counts a lot; experience to handle different situations, experience to tell the players what it is at that moment of time. That’s the most important thing for me. I think it’s a myth that people over 60 can’t coach.” Muzumdar says, talking to The Indian Express.

He digs deeper and factors out how their means to name a spade a spade makes the likes of Ghavri, Lal and Pandit profitable coaches. “Nowadays people shy away from it. Earlier, people never used to shy away from calling a spade a spade. But these guys will not spare anyone. If they see something, they will let the player know.”

Age is a not an element so long as a coach is evolving with time. “All these successful coaches aren’t stuck to their old and previously tested ways. They have evolved, because they are dealing with modern-day cricketers. They can strike a balance between their old-school virtues and what modern-day cricketers want,” Muzumdar observes.

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Generation hole is cited as an obstacle for the older coaches. Then once more, each Lal and Ghavri gelled brilliantly with the gamers. According to Ghavri, good man-management ability bridges the age hole. “If you know man-management, you can be friends to the players who are half your age. At first-class level, it’s not about teaching the basics to the players. Good man-management keeps the confidence level high,” Ghavri tells this paper.

He presents an instance. “Harvik Desai dropped Anustup Majumdar on the fourth day when he was on 18. It could have been very costly for us. If Majumdar had stayed there for an hour (on the fifth day), the game would have gone in Bengal’s favour. Luckily he got out early (on the fifth day). But there was absolutely no blame game in our dressing room, when he was building a partnership. Good man-management creates a happy dressing-room atmosphere. Players forget mistakes and carry on. They start afresh.”

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The BCCI is now being run by its elected members. One of India’s most interesting captains helms it. So going forward, Pandit expects the cricket board to determine what serves the Indian cricket greatest, age (cap) or experience. “I don’t want to compare between young and old. I think the BCCI should look into what is required from a coach (in international cricket) and which age group is providing that. I think if someone is fit enough, experience is invaluable. Being 60-plus doesn’t prevent you from creating a friendly dressing-room atmosphere. You should have someone (in charge) whom the players can look up to, not that the young boys asking him, ‘how much cricket you have played’,” Pandit says.

How vital are teaching badges?

The penchant for incomes teaching badges – Level 1, 2 and three – began to develop on the flip of the century after John Buchanan grew to become Australia coach and began to steer the staff to unprecedented success underneath Steve Waugh’s captaincy. Buchanan didn’t have a cricket profession to converse of – solely seven first-class matches. But he introduced in new concepts and earned Waugh’s respect.

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Shane Warne, then again, was by no means impressed. The spin king had as soon as accused Buchanan of being a “goose”, who suffered from “verbal diarrhoea”.

Coaching levels versus cricket profession has lengthy been a topic of debate. The two profitable coaches in Indian home cricket this time period don’t have formal teaching badges, however they carried a great deal of sensible experience as former India and first-class cricketers.

Do the teaching badges supply something additional? “There’s no harm in learning. There’s no age for learning. I feel that Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4 badges are helpful to get the system going. But it’s not the be-all and end-all thing. These coaching courses teach you modern technique. So it’s a tool that can be used, but not the be-all and end-all,” Muzumdar explains.

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Lal feels that incomes the badges is ok so long as a coach will not be flaunting his levels. Ghavri believes licensed coaches are extra helpful at age-group ranges, the place teaching, coping with the fundamentals to be exact, is most vital.

“The coaching badges give you theoretical knowledge and even for former cricketers it could be helpful to attend some of the classes or sessions. But what you deliver (as a coach) is through your practical knowledge; what you have gone through as a cricketer,” Pandit opines.

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