Sunil Gavaskar explains why he did not take the role of India teach coach- India team coach: One of the legends in the history of cricket Sunil Gavaskar recently opened up on why he never thought about becoming head coach of the Indian cricket team. He feels that he is not a good ‘ball by ball’ watcher which is an essential trait of a coach.
“I’ve been a terrible watcher of cricket, even when I was playing the game. If I got out, I would be watching the match very intermittently. I would watch for a while, then go inside the change room or read something or reply to letters etc. and then come out and watch again. So, I wasn’t the ball-by-ball watcher, like say GR Vishwanath is. GRV or my uncle Madhav Mantri was a complete ball by ball watcher,” Gavaskar told The Analyst YouTube channel.
“And if you want to be a coach or a selector, you’ve got to be a ball-by-ball watcher. And therefore, I never even thought about it being a coach,” he added.
Notably, Sunil Gavaskar was the first Indian batsman to complete 10,000 runs in Test cricket.
India team coach: The closest Gavaskar had come was coaching the India team in 2004 when he worked as a consultant during the Australia tour of India in 2004. Since then, he has stayed away from management roles with BCCI.
The Cricketer-turned-commentator Gavaskar added the fact that the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly have approached him for advice in the past.
“I’ve been very happy to exchange notes with them [Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly] whatever my observations are. So yes, I’ve been able to maybe help them somewhere down the line, but on a full-time basis, that’s not something I could do,” he added.
Gavaskar is currently in quarantine in Europe for the commentary stint during the ICC WTC Final between India vs New Zealand at Southampton that starts June 18.
India team coach: Interestingly, Sunil Gavaskar has been doing commentary for Indian cricket for over two decades and his job includes watching every ball until he is in the comm-box which is changed in an interval of 30 minutes (average).
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