High Correlation between India's Performance and Team Managers - Coincidental?
It's weird because I don't believe Managers should have too big influence in the International cricket arena logically. But it's very shocking to see the correlation our results have to the managers of our National team in the recent past. And I am not talking about Test Cricket alone, it's very evident in ODI arena as well. Don't know what causes it, as I would like to believe there's more to the story than changing managers. But the correlations are staggering -
John Wright - Very Successful (Success in Tests away from home and reaching the World Cup finals, becoming the only side to somewhat threaten the mighty Aussies in both formats consistently)
Greg Chappell - Unsuccessful (though not nearly as much as Wright he had moderate success in Test matches, but India suddenly became pathetic in ODIs including the World Cup first round exit)
Gary Kirsten - Super Successful (India's no. 1 ranking in Tests; World Cup win; Tendulkar, Zaheer, Sehwag and Laxman's super-resurgence in form -- enough said)
Duncan Fletcher - Utterly Unsuccessful thus far (0-8 and pathetic show in the ongoing home series by India's standards - enough said)