Did he put his hand up for the Wellington or Northern Districts coaching roles?
No idea, but I wouldn't have thought so, as he would have been a shoe in if he did I would have thought.
I hope he gets it. He may turn the focus back on tests...ha.
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Best coach India have had, IMO. NZ would do well to hire him.
While writing that report, I was trying to think what were Wright's major achievements with India.
* win a test series overseas
* didn't win a major tournament (World Cup or Champions Trophy)
* failed to bring through any talented batsman into the mix (AFAIK).
I can't think of any
He did get selected to be the coach of the World XI in Super Series last year, so someone must think he does something wright (sorry, couldn't help it!) in the coaching department.Originally Posted by James
He led them on that tour of Australia in 03/04. He also helped to create a fair bit of cohesion in the squad.Originally Posted by James
It's interesting how a lot of the progress made during this time is attributed to Ganguly (not saying that he wasn't integral, or anything like that) especially with regards to new players who did well (Sehwag, Yuvraj, Pathan, etc.), while now Chappell is the one who lives and dies by what happens.
Heh, look at Indian test record before him. Then you won't say that. We did win a test series in Pakistan, BTW. But not outside the subcontinent. Before him, we hadn't even won a test outside the subcontinent in like 15 years, let alone a series.Originally Posted by James
Indian test record had nothing to offere before Wright took over, he is the best coach india ever had imo..
Our ODI record wasn't too good too, but with him we also reached the WC final and since then are a good force in ODI too..
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With Chappell winning the test series in the West Indies recently, do you consider that a bigger achievement than any of Wright's?
Originally Posted by James
No. If we win in SA, it will be.
I hope he does get the job..
I am not sure about his record with India, but a few guys on this thread thought he did well.
My reason is that I think a lot of cricket supporters in New Zealand are not too happy with our current coach, John Bracewell.
He (Bracewell) doesnt come across well in the media and and said some pretty strange things at times. NZ's record isnt any better than it has been in the past. You could also say that he had a larger amount of good players to choose from.
I am trying to think of a highlight under Bracewell's reign but I can't think of one. I think we climbed to 3rd in the one-day rankings for a short time but that was it. My apologies..........we did beat SA in a one day series in NZ for the first time.
I hope Wright could change a few controversial selections of Bracewell's too,,, but I guess that is for another thread.
IMO, he did fantastic. The best coach in Indian history. Thats how highly I think of him.Originally Posted by Matt52
India did win the Champions Trophy.Originally Posted by James
And to be fair to Wright, there is little he could have done to bring through new talented batsmen. Chappell can do so now (Raina for one) because the absence of Sachin and Saurav has left two openings in the batting line-up for him to fill, that wasn't the case usually when Wright was the coach. The only thing he could be faulted for is his failure to rectify the downfall of Ganguly as a batsman, and his failure to get India out of the rut they were in in the last season he was in charge.
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