India’s looking for a coach. They say Dav Whatmore’s a frontrunner and I have thoughts on that. I like Sandeep Patil too. And I have thoughts on why he could be the one as well. But thats not what this post is about. Hopefully its not even about an Indian coach.
A few days ago, I read this report. As much for the quality of the language as for its content, I thought it was a joke. A cricket manager and 3 other managers for various disciplines? Plus shrink and physio and media manager surely. Naah…
Then, this ! Ashok Mankad and Ajit Wadekar (this was getting a bit closer to the Bombay lobby) talking about Gundappa Vishwanath as coach ? Seriously. Vishy?
All one associated with him were “nice guy” things. Delectable square cuts. Awesome timing. Touch play. Recalling Bob Taylor. Losing the Jubilee Test. Walking when he nicked it without waiting for the umpire. Gentleman. 1970s. An age long gone.
Hadn’t heard much in a while apart from during rain breaks occassionally when people would talk about his play with nostalgia.
So I did a search. Cricinfo. “Gundappa Vishwanath” . Try it. Apart from making those lists of great run chases and wonderful innings or Sunny Gavaskar calling him the greatest ever at some felicitation, you’ll see that he probably only surfaced when he banned Shoaib Akhtar for 2 ODIs for ball tampering and fined him 75% of his match fee (even thats pretty gentlemanly), in 2003 in Sri Lanka.
But apart from that, Gundappa Vishwanath has been very media shy. Quite unlike Greg Chappell. And has really no record of a “performance manager” that we seem to be looking for.
Then I tried another search. Luck. A Rediff Interview . And whats better, just after our World Cup exit. So maybe some signs of a solution or something constructive, the desire to put up one’s hand and want to be counted, some deep rooted analysis which escapes the common eye…?
Lets just leave him as my idol of the 70s for things that we associated with the times….