PRIMITIVE COACHES FOR CONTEMPORARY CRICKET: Does India have the coaching staff to deal with challenges of T20 cricket?

The advent of T20 cricket in the 21st century has transformed the way game is played. Batters today play more fearlessly and are prepared to take risks, as compared to the 20th century where the psyche of batters was geared towards wicket preservation. This has made all things possible – mammoth totals, towering scoring rates, audacious shot making and power hitting to dispatch the ball out of sight. It has not just changed the dynamics of how the game is played but also coaching as it requires expertise. Having international experience of playing in this era is an added advantage if you are coaching a top international team. Otherwise the game has become so dynamic, it leaves the coaches grappling.

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Virat Kohli’s Time of Reckoning Down Under

Since I would be discussing captaincy in this essay, I might as well point out at the outset – few things that one looks for in a good captain. In classic warfare, it is believed that failures are a result of poor leadership and passing on the blame to those under you is misplaced and discouraging. Same goes for cricket, a captain is held responsible when things go wrong and any weaknesses in him spread through the team which have an impact on the overall result of the game.

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