The role of coaches in the efficient running of sporting teams is no secret. Be it Gary Kirsten, Pep Guardiola or Gregg Popovich, adroit coaches are a common denominator in successful teams. As was beautifully portrayed in the Prime Video special ‘The Test’, the most dynamic figure in any dressing room is the head coach (Justin Langer in this case). Langer played a pivotal role in the Australian cricket team’s resurgence after the infamous Johannesburg ball-tampering scandal. Similarly, England’s World Cup victory last year can be majorly credited to their man at the wheel, Trevor Bayliss.
While it may not be a given that good cricketers are necessarily good coaches, having been a good cricketer himself might just work in the favor of an aspiring coach. Take Gary Kirsten, Stephen Fleming, or even Langer himself for example. What makes them stand out from the crowd is the fact that they know the ins and outs of the game, for they have been right there and done exactly that. Here are three current players that can be head coach in the future-
Is it humanly possible to look beyond this man? Any person even mildly interested in the game of cricket is aware of the exemplary leadership skills that the wicketkeeper possesses. His man-management skills are second to none, which is clear in the way he leads the Chennai Super Kings. Even with the national side, he is the perineal brother-figure, spending more time mending others’ game than even his own. His understanding of the game is unparalleled, and his oratory skills are just ideal for the job-soft but impactful.
The off-spinner from Tamil Nadu has all the qualities required to make a great coach. The manner in which he carries himself on and off the field is a testimony to the very fact. Fans around the world have witnessed him outfox batsmen with profound ease multiple times across his career. One needs to hear him speak to get the full effect of his charisma, his theories and ideas about the game are truly noteworthy.
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