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Which words would you associate with men who make coaches.. strict? task master? passionaite? believer?
One more word I suggest for sports coaches is "sacrifice". To understand the point, lets take the example of Australia Dave Whatmore.
Man failed to make a great cricketer out of himself. Then, coaching Srilanka to 1996 World Cup triump to Bangalesh uprise.. Read this piece for more on David Whatmore's background, as in following, we'll see how Whatmore is doing sacrifices for his third assignment.. To be a successful coach of Indian cricket team.
Story goes back just 6 months back when India played bad cricket in World Cup 2007 and were thrown out of the tournament very early. India then toured Banglaesh where everything looked set for Dave to take over from Greg Chappell.. but guess what, all Dave has got in the end is responsibility as the coach of NCA - the national cricket academy in Bangalore. This, after Dave was offered lucrative deals from Bangladesh and other cricket boards.
Why did Dave agreed to coach a simple academy when he could have had International team under his command? Answer is simple - Sacrifice. Dave has his eyes set on Coaching the cricket team on earth with biggest fan following.
What if the Wife and kids have to leave Papa for another 4 long years. What if job profile & salary isn't what the man deserves. What if Dave went unnoticed during Ind v Aus T20 match at Mumbai? What if Dave has to watch India Red, Green & Blue in challengers trophy when no one will ask for his views before selecting the next Indian squad for Pakistan series.
The dream is to direct the hottest cricket team in the world.
Bring on the sacrifices!!