Duncan Fletcher’s first speech as Indian coach:
“For too long India have picked spin bowlers with guile and skill. It’s a terrible trait that will never last in the long run.
Guile and skill are fine as a surprise tactic, but for long term success you need someone who will literally add little to your team other than work ethic and a sensible haircut.
Other lesser cricket coaches may have needed these surprise tactics to win some tests, but I don’t need them. What I need is bowlers who bowl 90mph plus and spinners who are really more there for team morale.
Spinners shouldn’t be eccentric or the main part of your attack. They are there because they are smart enough to gently roll their fingers and occasionally bowl defensive legside tactics.
India have never understood this, and that is why I have requested that they pick Ashley Giles their tour to England.
From what I understand there are some administration details that still need to be smoothed out, but this will go through. Or I’ll write some self important columns in newspapers to embarrass those who don’t allow it.
I love India, and I think their team is ok. However, players like Sachin and Virender can learn something from Ashley, here is a man who made it to the top level of cricket simply because no one ever noticed he existed. Unlike them he didn’t use talent, he just never turned up late to a training session and always helped put out the cones.
That’s what India needs from their spinners.
Forget doosras, teesras and carrom balls, India needs gentle roll from a invisible team player.
Actually, you don’t even need me here, just get Ashley in, he’s in just as good of form as he was when he played.
I’d like to be a rugby consultant. I have some ideas…I love my rugby, I would rather watch rugby than cricket. I’m passionate about it, it’s the game I’d like to have been involved in.
Does India have a rugby team?”