Coaching is one of the most tough and underrated jobs in cricket. While many laud the batsmen and the bowlers for their efforts and are awarded the Man of the Match as well, the head coach and the support staff’s work behind the scenes goes unnoticed.
Rather many question the role of the head coach as almost every team nowadays has a specialist coach for every department. But the head coach is the one who works with the mindset of a particular player who is struggling and gets him ready for the game. Head coach builds the team with values and makes sure that all are on the same page when it comes to playing for the team.
Certain coaches are best at doing their job and they are undoubtedly always in demand in international cricket. Here we bring you the top five current coaches at the highest level.
Rankings top five current coaches in international cricket:
5. Russell Domingo
Russell Domingo is currently the coach of Bangladesh cricket team. But he made his name when he was at the helm of South Africa. He first worked as the assistant to Gary Kirsten when the latter was the head coach of the Proteas. In 2012, Domingo was appointed South Africa’s coach only for the T20 format before he took over in the other two forms of the game in July 2013 post Kirsten’s reign.
Domingo, who hails from South Africa, did a good job while he was with the team. They qualified for the semi-finals of the 2014 T20 World Cup which was played in Bangladesh and also made it to the semis of the 2015 World Cup in Australia. However, on both the occasions, they failed to break the barrier with the latter being an emotional exit.
After the Champions Trophy 2017, in August, Domingo was replaced by Ottis Gibson. His stay with South Africa team was an exceptional as the team did well under him. Impressed with his man management skills, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) hired him for the job in August 2019 and is on a two-year contract.
4. Mickey Arthur
Mickey Arthur’s stay as Australia’s head coach was not great. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) signed him three years after his controversial from the post in Australia and it worked wonders for the Men in Green. Arthur was extremely with the players’ fitness and his association with the skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed is well known to many.
The duo won the famous Champions Trophy for Pakistan in 2017 and it took extreme hard work from Arthur as he infused discipline among the group and taught them to stick together as a team. The CT 2017 tournament was the highest point of Arthur’s stint with Pakistan and suddenly everything fell apart in the next couple of years.
The team didn’t do well in the World Cup in England and it led to his unceremonious exit from the helm. He is currently Sri Lanka’s head coach and the islanders are also hoping for Arthur to fetch similar results much like he did with their neighbours.
3. Gary Stead
New Zealand’s current head coach Gary Stead has been the unsung hero of the team ever since he has taken over the reins of the team. Mike Hesson’s sudden exit in 2018 was a blow to the BlackCaps ahead of the World Cup. However, Stead took over almost seamlessly and his association with Kane Williamson has worked well for the team thus far.
The Kiwis put up an exceptional show in the mega event last year and made it to the final as well. Unfortunately, they didn’t win the World Cup despite not losing the final, the controversial game, which went into the super over. Stead has always worked behind the scenes and is also known for doing well during his stint with New Zealand Women’s team.
New Zealand recently blanked the world’s number 1 Test team in the two-match series at home. Stead will be keen on making the difference to the team in the near future.
2. Ravi Shastri
This man has been trolled a lot on social media ever since he has taken up the role of the head coach. Ravi Shastri, in hindsight, has done an exceptional job during his stint with the Indian team so far. While the team has been unlucky not to win any ICC trophy yet under him, but it is the ruthlessness which he has instilled in the boys works for the team every now and then.
Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri work together well and there is clarity in their thoughts as well. However, unfortunately, the latter’s role has been questioned by the fans every now and then. Shastri has been performing his role perfectly stepping in for a particular player if and when needed.
He has been vocal speaking to the media as well and has never bogged down to the outside pressure. He was appointed the full time head coach under controversial circumstances after Anil Kumble left in 2017, but since then, the team has done extremely well across the formats and one has to credit Shastri for it.
1. Justin Langer
Justin Langer has been a tough individual and the man should be credited for where Australian cricket is right now. He took over the team’s reins after the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa which had led to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft getting banned and the coach Darren Lehmann resigning.
As soon as he joined the team, Langer was clear with his plan and wanted the team to earn the respect of the fans back. And he, along with the new skipper Tim Paine, worked towards the only goal. No wonder, Langer and his team took time to gel along and had to go through extremely tough times when England whitewashed them in the ODI series.
But the team stayed together and despite losing to India in Tests at home for the first time, they weren’t deterred. This resulted in Australia returning the favour to India in the ODIs later in the year and then storming into the semi-finals of the World Cup. The cherry on the cake or rather say the biggest achievement of Australia under Langer was the team retaining the Ashes in England.
Though there are still a few issues in terms of team combination, Justin Langer has handled the team really well and the future looks good for the team.
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