The key to success is to be skill full, but, it is equally important to hone the skill and be able to perform well. For that, one needs a guide, a teacher to hold the hand and take the person down the right road to be able to reach the destination. This is true in every case in life. Even when we think about sports, like cricket, it is evident that the role of a good coach is absolutely undeniable. So we are summing up 10 Best Cricket Coaches who went on changing the game straightaway.
A good coach knows how to handle each and every player individually, with great knowledge of their strengths and weaknesses. At the same time, he knows how to treat them all together as a team, a single entity, and drive them to success. Let us look at some of the 10 best cricket coaches in the world.
10 Best Cricket Coaches in the World
Former coach and first-class cricketer John Buchanan is widely regarded as the best coach of cricket history and was nicknamed Ned Flanders due to his similarity with The Simpsons character. After serving as a coach of Queensland Bulls for five years, Buchanan was appointed as the coach of the Australian cricket team in October 1999. While having him as the coach, Australian national cricket team won the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, 2004 India Tour and their first ever ICC Champions Trophy in 2006. After he retired from Australian team, he served as the coach of Kolkata Knight Riders till June 2009. England Cricket Team hired him as a consultant during the 2010–11 Ashes series. He also served as the Director of Cricket for New Zealand Cricket from May 2011 to July 2013.
Former English cricketer and professional cricket coach Bob Woolmer started his coaching journey with Warwickshire County Cricket Club in 1991 and won the Natwest Trophy in 1993. Woolmer was appointed as the coach of South Africa in 1994 and during his time, South African national cricket team won 10 out of 15 Test series. He was also appointed as the coach of the Pakistan team in 2004 and won the ODI series at the Return Tour of India with 4–2 right after he joined the team. Bob was honored with the high ranking civil award of Pakistan’s Star of Excellence called “Sitara-e-Imtiaz” for his contribution towards the Pakistan national cricket team. He died on 18 March 2007 just a few hours after Pakistan’s unexpected elimination from the 2007 Cricket World Cup at the hands of Ireland.
Retired South African cricketer and professional cricket Coach Gary Kirsten holds the record for highest runs in a single innings in a One Day International by any South African with his 188 not-out. He started his international coaching career with the India national cricket team on 1 March 2008 and served till early 2011. During his time, India won 2011 ICC World Cup and 2009 Compaq Cup, and also reached the finals of the 2008 Asia Cup and Kitply Cup. Kirsten was stated as “The best thing to happen to Indian cricket” by Indian captain M.S. Dhoni. He was also appointed as the head coach of the South Africa national cricket team on 5 June 2011 and served his duty till August 2013. Besides coaching career, Kirsten formed a company called Performance Zone with Paddy Upton and Dale Williams in 2007.
Retired cricketer of New Zealand and professional cricket coach John Wright was nicknamed “Shake” during his playing career for his amazing success as the opening batsmen of New Zealand. He started his international coaching career with the Kent County Cricket Club and was appointed as the head coach of Indian national cricket team in 2000 and served till 2005. During his time, the Indian team improved immensely and reached the final of ICC 2003 Cricket World Cup and also won the home test-series against Australia which included the historical Kolkata test where India won while coming back from a follow-on with VVS Laxman scoring 281 not out. Wright served as the coach of New Zealand cricket team from December 2010 till 2012. He was appointed as the head coach of the Mumbai Indians in IPL on January 2013.
Retired Australian cricketer and professional cricket Coach Dav Whatmore had a very short international career of seven Test matches and a single ODI as an Australian player. He started his international coaching career with the Sri Lanka national cricket team and coached them in two spells during which Sri Lanka won the 1996 ICC Cricket World Cup. He served as the head coach of Bangladesh national cricket team from 2003 to 2007 and guided them to their first ever Test match victory in 2005. Whatmore was appointed as the coach of the national team by the Pakistan Cricket Board on 4 March 2012 and served till Moin Khan took the role in 2014. During his two years term, Pakistan won the 2012 Asia Cup. Besides international coaching career, he also coached the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL from 2009 to the end of 2011.
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Former Zimbabwean cricketer and professional cricket Coach Duncan Fletcher led the Zimbabwe to victory at the 1982 ICC Trophy. He started his international coaching career with the England national cricket team in 1999. During his term till 2007, he made radical changes to the English national team and won the 2005 Ashes series after 18 years in English cricket history, and also won the 2007 Commonwealth Bank Series. Fletcher was honored with the Order of the British Empire in 2005 for his contribution to winning the Ashes after 18 long years. He was appointed as the coach of the India cricket team on 27 April 2011 and still serving as the same. Under Fletcher’s coaching, India national cricket team won 8 international series victories which include the 2013 Champions Trophy.
Former Zimbabwean cricketer and professional cricket Coach Andy Flower is considered as one of the best wicket-keeper batsmen in cricket history. For his contribution as an international cricketer, He is the only Zimbabwean cricketer positioned in 31st position in the ICC’s Top 100 All-time Test Batting rankings. He started his international coaching career as an assistant coach of the England national cricket team in May 2007, and was promoted as the head coach of the English team in April 2009. Under Flower’s coaching, English national cricket team won the 2010 ICC World cup Twenty20, and also won the Ashes series three times in 2009, 2011 and 2013. He was honored with the Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2011 Birthday Honors for his services towards the English cricket team.
Retired Australian cricketer and professional cricket Coach Darren Lehmann made 27 tests and 117 ODI appearances for Australian national side. He started his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Australia Centre of Excellence in 2008. He served his duty as the head coach of Deccan Chargers in Indian Premier League from 2009 to 2012. He was also appointed as the coach of Queensland cricket team during the 2010-11 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. Lehmann started his international coaching journey with the Australian national cricket team replacing Mickey Arthur in June 2013, and the team is still under his guidance. Besides international coaching, he also served as the coach of Kings XI Punjab during 2013 and 2013 seasons before Sanjay Bangar took the place as the coach.
One of the recent head coaches of the New Zealand cricket team, Mike Hesson is considered as one of the most experienced cricket coaches of modern cricket. He started his international coaching career with a seven-year apprenticeship as Otago cricket club’s director of coaching in 1996 as an exceptionally young coach at the age of just 22. He was appointed as the head coach of Kenya national cricket team in 2011 but shortly resigned in May 2012 citing the security issues he faced along with his family during their stay in Kenya. He has also coached the Argentine National cricket team in 2003 for eight months where the South American side won three matches after their 31 consecutive defeats. He was appointed as the head coach of New Zealand national cricket team on July 20, 2012, and still serving the same with a possible extension till the end of 2015.
There are many more who have dedicated themselves to the teams they have coached. All such coaches deserve great respect for being the pillar of success for the players and the teams, and also for providing enough strength in the worst phases.
This was our list of top 10 Best Cricket Coaches in the World, we are open to your suggestions. Do let us know about your thoughts in the comments below.