He prefers using pen & paper (lucky me as I do too) in the modern world of notebooks ~ yet have chunked out 11 books. His life is very much away from cricket and more into Charity works, but true love don't fade that quickly. do they?
Steve Waugh, the former Australian cricketer can make headlines anyday, but the two Times of India articles I'm talking about (one by Steve himself & other an interview) appeared very quietly on the day of world cup final. 28th April it was, when Steve Waugh made himself available for coaching India. In interview, he said "My name always gets thrown up. but being coach of India is a tough job. Its a great challenge, and the rewards are great too. If people ask me to coach India, I'll consider it".
And now that Steve Waugh is open for India coach job, lets know what he wrote in his own article the same day - "It is an insult to the game to see an advertisement being squeezed in just because the bowler has not reached the top of his run-up. The telecast in India is unmatchable, and since I was watching the game at a bar with a few others, I could see that I was not the only one getting 'put off' by the advertisements."
Steve also had written that Indian youngsters are missing out on vital commentary - which actually is a very fine observation in such small time. I've been writing about this for so long, but no one heard me. Looks like potential coach of my countries cricket team has an eye. But the real qustion here is - can Steve Waugh change fortunes of Indian cricket? I'm sure no, but he can handle a cricket team of 15. Steve Waugh is a man of words. If he takes the job, he'll pay full attention.
Steve Waugh's Career : 168 test matches for Australia with Baggy Green, 10927 runs at an average of 51.06. Steve Waugh's highest test match score (200) came against West Indies in that 1995 series in Caribbean. 4 test series was tied 1-1 with one to play. Sabina Park in Jamaica produced bolders from Curtly Ambrose & Courtney Walsh with Kenny Benjamin. yet Steve Waugh stood 425 mins on the crease to make his best test score. That series demolished Windies stranghold on cricket. As a one day player - Waugh made 7569 'crucial' runs at 32.90 per innings of 325. He made just 3 ODI centuries but 32 in test matches.
But what about his experience as coach of cricket team? not much to be honest. Steve Waugh was tipped to be South Africa coach back in February 2005, but Proteas opted for Mickey Arther. Waugh probably is looking for a prolific coaching job to start with, where India comes in. He did coach World XI team in a Tsunami relief match against Australia. Waugh has spent most of his post-retirement time in Charity & writing as I mentioned earlier and a trivial fact is - he once injured his arm writing autobiography. Steve has been making loads of comments on Australia & International cricket (as he always has) and none of them has been soft. He called for aging Aussie cricketers to retire, tipped Sourav Ganguly will have hard time making a comeback, and plenty more.
Steve Waugh certainly has fire for Cricket. It's just on Indian think tank to decide they wanna use it or not..!!