The current season of IPL is in its 15th spring and in the journey of the last decade and a half, the most popular tournament in the world cricket has seen many changes but, one thing which has remained the same since the first season and only a few changes are there. That even then India was not self-sufficient in the matter of coaching and it is not even today. To say, the meaning of IPL Indian Premier League And here only Indian players get the most opportunities, but when it comes to the coach and support staff, it is still dominated by foreigners.
This is the first time in the history of IPL when the head coach of not one but three teams is Indian. This was also possible because this time 10 teams are playing instead of 8. Despite this, the hard fact remains that the command of 70 percent of the teams is still in the hands of foreign coaches. Such a surprising sight in itself because no country in the world has 38 first class teams. Every team in India has its own coach. Despite this, our country coaches have so far failed to impress the owners of the IPL. It is very difficult for him to get the role of assistant coach.
If we look at Mumbai Indians, the most successful team in the history of the tournament, then Sachin Tendulkar is in the role of an evergreen icon. Tendulkar’s old colleague Zaheer Khan is in the role of Director of Cricket Operations. Mahela Jayawardene may be the head coach of the team but Mumbai has achieved a balance in terms of coaching staff. If former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond is the bowling coach, then James Pemont is associated with this team as the fielding coach. Paul Chapman is Mumbai’s conditioning coach while Craig Gowander, who is an overseas, takes over the role of head physio. Former Team India all-rounder Robin Singh is in the role of batting coach.
On the other hand, if we look at Chennai Super Kings, the second most successful team in the history of IPL, Stephen Pleming has been in the role of head coach since 2009. Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey has been the batting coach for the last few years, while Tamil Nadu and Chennai local player Lakshmipathy Balaji has also been the bowling coach for some time. Here Dhoni’s favorite Eric Simmons has been given the responsibility of fielding coach to support Balaji. Apart from this, Tommy Simsek is associated with the team as a physio, Gregory King as a trainer and Lakshmi Narayan High Performance Analyst, where the dominance of foreigners is clearly visible here.
Kolkata Knight Riders have also won the IPL trophy twice and their head coach is Brendon McCullum. Apart from this, if David Hussey is in the role of mentor, then James Foster as the fielding coach and Chris Donaldson as the strength and conditioning coach. Kolkata has also probably kept former India bowling coach Bharat Arun in the same role to balance it and Omkar Salvi is the assistant bowling coach. Team India’s former all-rounder Abhishek Nair is the assistant coach, while Kamlesh Jain is the head physio and AR Srikanth performance analyst. That is, here too Indians are seen getting proper opportunities in the support staff.
Royal Challengers Bangalore has appointed its former coach Mike Hesson as Director of Cricket Operations. Team India’s former batting coach Sanjay Bangar has got a chance to become the head coach for the second time as a coach. Team India’s former all-rounder Sridharan Sriram has got the role of batting and spin bowling coach. Adam Griffith is the bowling coach of this team, M Rangarajan is the head of scout and fielding coach. Shankar Basu, who has been associated with Team India for a long time, is the strength and conditioning coach. Even Speechly is the team physio. Overall, there is foreign dominance even here.
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is the head coach of Delhi Capitals, while this time his partner Shane Watson is seen in the role of assistant coach. Two former players of Mumbai and Team India Ajit Agarkar and Praveen Amre are in the role of assistant coach, while James Hopes of Australia has remained the fast bowling coach for the last few years.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s team, which is proving to be laggy for a few years in a row, is not taking the name of breaking their disillusionment with the foreign coach. Tom Moody, who was Director of Cricket Operations last year, has returned as head coach. In this team, only as a token, former Team India player Hemang Badani is there as fielding coach, otherwise assistant coach Simon Katich, spin bowling coach Muttiah Muralitharan, fast bowling coach South Africa former fast bowler Dale Steyn and batting coach for the first time. In the role is former West Indies captain Brian Lara.
At the same time, as the coach of Punjab Kings, the reins are again in the hands of former India coach Anil Kumble. Julian Wood as batting assistant, Damien Wright as bowling coach and Jonty Rhodes as assistant coach, all foreigners. Yes, the team does have Prabhakar Bergond as assistant fielding coach but the presence of Adrian as conditioning coach and Andrew Lippes as physio only speaks volumes of foreign dominance in the support staff.
If we look at Rajasthan Royals, India’s Zubin Bharucha has been a part of this team for more than a decade as development and performance director, but as director of cricket, former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara is there. Former Sri Lankan captain and Sangakkara’s teammate Lasith Malinga is in the role of bowling coach this time while Stephen Jones remains as high performance coach. There is Trevor Penney as an assistant coach but the interesting thing is that former head coach Paddy Upton has again become a part of Rajasthan as a team analyst this time. On the other hand, the trio of Amol Majumdar, Sairaj Bahule and Dishant Yagnik continue in the roles of batting coach, spin bowling coach, and fielding coach.
This time the Lucknow Super Giants, who are participating in the IPL for the first time, have got Gautam Gambhir’s support as a mentor, while his old teammate Vijay Dahiya is in the role of assistant coach. Be it Andy Flower as head coach or Andy Bickell as bowling coach or Richard Halsall as fielding coach or Warren Andrews as conditioning coach, even non-Indians are speaking here.
Another new IPL team Gujarat Titans director of cricket Vikram Solanki is not Indian but British of Indian origin, while his old friend Ashish Nehra is in the role of head coach. Delhi’s old teammate of head coach Ashish Kapoor is in the role of spin bowling coach, then the surprising thing is that despite failing with many teams in IPL, former Team India coach Gary Kirsten got the role of batting coach and mentor. Is.
The meaning of the whole story is that if you are a big name and a foreigner then your consistency in IPL doesn’t matter much to the results but there is constant pressure to prove yourself to any Indian to convey your worth. .
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