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Why famous cricketers turned coach like Greg Chappell, Clive Lloydd and Javed Miadad failed to make a real mark, whereas 'lesser known in his cricket playing days' like John Buchanan, Tom Moody and Duncan Fletcher won praise? There has to be a reason..
One of the reason I could imagine is EGO. I've read and always believed that ego is a virtue of human mentality when they taste success. Its very natural. But when you have to go under a young cricketer's skin to teach him forward defence - big (starry) cricketers start to question their time value. that's when real downfall starts.
And that's exactly where Davenell Fredrick Whatmore (formally known as Dav Watmore) comes in handy. Born in Srilanka, migrated to Australia. An International batting career of just 10 months, in which Watmore played 7 tests (top score 77) and 1 ODI for Australia (made 2). A first class span for Victoria of 13 years but no heroics... Dave Watmore was hungry. He loved the game of cricket, and wanted more. Result ~ bye bye batting he said in 1989 to persue a career in coaching.
4 years later - same Srilankan soil he left as a child, offered him to coach the National cricket team. 1996 World Cup in sub-continent was when Dave Whatmore overshadowed cricket experts with aggressive plans during field restrictions. Srilanka went on to win that World Cup, and Whatmore moved onto English county Lancashire to a smaller coaching commitment. Lancashire won one day double in 1998 & National cricket league in 1999. In other words - Dave Watmore was rocking as a cricket coach.
He went back to Srilanka for another coaching stint, but didn't like it very much.. in came Bangladesh job. for over 3 years with most recent test playing nation - Dave Watmore turned Bangladesh into a UPSETTER in world cup 2007 in West Indies. Bangladesh won over not only India, but also against Proteas.
The question - why Whatmore didn't continue with Bangladesh team, is actually the answer why this man deserves even bigger coaching job (like that of Team India). It was easy for Dave to continue with Bangla team, with lots of power and praise. but a passionate man - needs challenges..
I bet this guy has even better future in store for him.