Mumbai : India's next cricket coach should have a clear understanding of the country's diverse culture, limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Tuesday. The same was reflected in Dhoni’s interaction with the media on Tuesday. He didn’t react to Ravi Shastri’s recent views about the need for Virat Kohli to be elevated as captain across all three formats but did specify that the head coach shouldn’t necessarily be Indian but should be well-acquainted with the diverse Indian culture.
“One of the most important things is that they understand our culture. More than knowing Hindi or English, the one who understands our culture, upbringing and those sorts of things, he will be better for us,” said Dhoni. “In the past, too, these things were important, and when there were coaches who understood better, there was a difference on the ground.” Dhoni also hinted that the BCCI’s decision to invite applications was sparked off due to the unavailability of overseas coaches.
Former team mates Shastri and Sandeep Patil have applied for the position with New Zealand ex-captain Daniel Vettori's name also in the frame for one of the most demanding jobs in international cricket. The BCCI has put assistant coach Sanjay Bangar in charge for the tour of Zimbabwe beginning on Saturday. "What's important is what the team require. We need to select the best that is available," said Dhoni, who has led India to both the 50-over and Twenty20 World Cup titles.
Dhoni had formed a formidable partnership with South African coach Gary Kirsten and the duo led India to the top of the World test rankings while also winning the 2011 50-over World Cup at home. New Zealander John Wright was also a successful coach for India. Like Shastri, Patil is also eyeing a second spell in charge of the team, having coached them in 1996.
Patil has also coached Kenya, guiding them to the 2003 World Cup semi-finals, and Oman. Test captain Virat Kohli last month said he had a chat with his Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Vettori regarding the job. The BCCI has formed a cricket advisory committee comprising former players Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman who are expected to pick a new coach before the team's tour of West Indies beginning on July 6.