Adolf Hitler said : I've seen spoken words work better than written words. so why not we start this article with some spoken words by Herb Brooks, a coach who took his moderate hockey team and turned them into world champions --
Great moments... are born from great opportunity. And that's what you have here, tonight, boys. That's what you've earned here tonight. One game. If we played 'em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them down because we can! Tonight, WE are the greatest hockey team in the world. You were born to be hockey players. Every one of you. And you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Their time is done. It's over. I'm sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the Soviets have. Screw 'em. This is your time. Now go out there and take it.
Kurt Russell plays the part of Coach in the Movie Miracle and itsonlycricket recommends it to every sports fan. for now - just replace Hockey with cricket and you've a perfect speech ready for all present International coaches whenever they send their boys on field before a crunch cricket match they must win!
It's sad, in cricket, we don't get to see coach expressions like we do in soccer & Hockey. but a coaches role doesn't change. People like Geoff Lawson (Pakistan), Tim Nielsen (Australia), Peter Moores (England) and, of course, India's coach Gary Kirsten has the foremost job of showing positive signal to their boys, inspiring them & make'em believe they are good enough. Many times, a lesser talent can upset a world beater. surprise is his weapon.
Post 2007 cricket world Cup in West Indies, several countries opted for new coaches. 8 months hence, lets see who is doing how?
Peter Moores : took up England coaching from Duncan Fletcher, who, I must add, had made England a much better test match team. Under Peter Moores - England have went on to lose test series in Srilanka (although they won ODI series) & also lost home test series against India. So - Itsonlycricket gives Peter a 5/10 which we hope will improve as England tour of New Zealand starts in couple of days.
Geoff Lawson : took up Pakistani coaching after sad demise of Bob Woolmer & Pakistan's early return from the world cup. Under Lawson, Pakistan cricket team have lost home test series against South Africa and also to arch-rivals Indians in India. Pakistan did make it to Twenty20 world cup final but it has to be said that Geoff Lawson has not achieved the success multi-talented Pakistani boys are capable of.. 4/10 for Lawson.
Clive Lloydd/David Moore/John Dyson : Windies cricket is on downfall. Bennett King held the coaching job during world cup, and since the Clive Lloydd, David Moore and now John Dyson has took up the responsibility. West Indies team have lost a test series in England and then a test series in South Africa after winning the 1st test.. So, in short - West Indies has not yet hit the correct momentum required to win cricket matches.. 2/10 for Lloydd, Moore and Dyson.
Tim Nielsen : Critics debate that John Buchanan had nothing to do with success Aussie cricket team were having till world Cup 2007. Aussie cricketers were themselves good enough to win everything anywhere. Well, post world cup - Tim Nielsen has the job, during which, Australia have failed to keep up their invincible record in test matches & his team is also failing to understand the naunsense of twenty20 cricket.. Its true many champion aussie cricketers (McGrath. Warne, Gilchrist, Langer) have retired, but that's where a real coaches caliber is tested. Itsonlycricket gives 4/10 to the new Aussie cricket coach.
Lalchand Rajput/Gary Kirsten : Lalchand Rajput used to be India's under-19 coach & he wouldn't have got the national cricket team job had Greg Chappell backed off post world cup 2007. I read one interview of Lalchand Rajput where he explained his premier job - 'motivating his cricketers'. We always see Rajput talking to Indian cricketers while a match is in progress & his perfect planning has seen India beat Pakistan at home, preform brilliantly on Australian tour and also won the Twenty20 World Cup.. so, a 8/10 for Rajput for the wonderful coaching skills he has shown.
Meanwhile, Gary Kirsten takes up India's coaching job, come March 1st week.
Trevor Bayliss : was assistant coach to Tom Moody who had taken Srilankan team to World Cup finals in West Indies. Bayliss got the coaching job post world cup, won home test series against Bangladesh & England but failed to improve their overseas performance as Srilanka lost test series in Australia 2-0. Srilankan ODI form is also on decline since then, so no more than 5/10 for Srilanka coach Trevor Bayliss but expecting his rating would improve in time to come.
Richard McInnes : is the Bangladesh cricket coach, taking over from Dave Whatmore who had improved Bangaldesh cricket by few notches. Bangaldesh played the bouncing ball well on New Zealand tour and were competitive in Twenty20 world cup - but Richard McInnes is not making as many upsets with young Bangaldeshi cricketers like Whatmore was. Now to improve a nation's cricket - its a must that some success come Bangaldesh way and Richard has to see how many more upsets he can cause with his boys.. a 3/10 for Richard McInnes.
Note : New Zealand and South Africa opted not to change their national cricket coach and prolonged the contracts of John Bracewell & Mickey Arthur. New Zealand cricket is on decline since world cup 2007 where they were semi-finalists whereas Mickey Arthur is continues his wonderful job by winning almost everything South Africa indulge into.. a 4/10 for Kiwi Coach John Bracewell whereas good 8/10 for Mickey Arthur whose captain - Graeme Smith - is failing to lead by example but South African winning momentum continues..