What Duncan Fletcher Thinks About India

Read Duncan Fletcher’s last column for The Guardian (written about the time he must have been approached by India). Full of great tidbits: a) a summary of his long, long relationship with Gary Kirsten and Eric Upton and Paddy Upton; b) his dissection of why Greg Chappell failed as a coach (“He was abrasive and always spoke his mind”) and c) his feelings about M.S. Dhoni:

I have studied Dhoni closely over the years, and these days I am impressed with every single aspect of what he does. Technically, he is not a very good cricketer, but mentally he looks as though he knows how to work with the ability he has got. Just like Kirsten.

You get a sense now why the BCCI liked Fletcher. Basically, if you wanted someone just like Kirsten, the feeling must have been — well, why not someone who coached Kirsten, then worked with him in South Africa, knows the current Indian supporting staff and shares the same philosophy (learn how to advise players without berating them). I.E.: Duncan Fletcher.


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