Coaches are significant parts of a game. In cricket, the coaches are the latest addition in the last 30 years. One cannot justify a coach’s career only with numbers. 

A coach is much more than cricket statistics. There have been coaches who are remembered for success rates and their unique strategies. Here we have listed a few of the best without whom the teams couldn’t be successful.


John Buchanan

After serving as a coach of Queensland Bulls for five years, Buchanan joined Australian cricket team in October 1999. In his tenure with Australia from 1999 to 2007, Australian cricket team experienced a huge success. Australia won the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, 2004 India Tour and their first ever ICC Champions Trophy in 2006 under the coaching of John Buchanan. At one stage his record was 15 wins from 15 games played. After retirement, he served Kolkata Knight Riders till 2009. He also served as the Director of Cricket for New Zealand Cricket from May 2011 to July 2013. Buchanan was a pioneer with various interesting ideas like boot camp before Ashes or the multiple captain theory in IPL, not all of them were popular with players like Shane Warne.


John Wright

BCCI appointed John Wright as the coach of Indian cricket team when the Indian cricket was going through a difficult and controversial period. It was important to choose a coach who can boost the confidence of the players and take the team in the right direction. After the appointment, the Kiwi took the responsibility firmly and along with Captain Sourav Ganguly transformed the team totally. Indian team started winning test overseas under his tenure. His coaching took the team to the world cup final after 20 years in 2003. India started giving a tough fight to the then Australia team. The test series win against Australia in 2001 that includes the historical Kolkata test victory is one of the most notable win under his coaching. Wright was the coach of New Zealand cricket team from December 2010 till 2012. He was later appointed as the head coach of the Mumbai Indians in IPL in 2013.


Gary Kirsten

After the shocking exit from the world cup in 2007, the Indian cricket team was going through a tough time. During this phase, Gary Kirsten was appointed by the BCCI as the coach of team India. Gary’s effective approach and technique brought a significant improvement in the team’s performance. He has been praised by all players for infusing confidence and his way of motivating them. Indian team won the world cup in 2011 after 28 long years and Indian fans will never forget the coach for this tremendous achievement. Like Write, Kirsten also mostly stayed in the background in a team full of superstars. He was also appointed as the head coach of the South Africa national cricket team in 2011 after finishing his successful 4 years with India. In August 2018 he was announced as the head coach for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the upcoming IPL season.


Dav Whatmore

Dav Whatmore was the mastermind behind the 1996 world cup victory of Sri Lanka when they defeated powerful Australia at the Gaddafi stadium. It was his strategy that Sri Lanka showcased amazing performance throughout the tournament, the strategy of power hitting during the first 15 overs was later used by many teams and became a norm in one-day internationals. The aggressive batting of the opening pair Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana to give the team a powerful start has set a new benchmark. The calmness of Dav Whatmore could never reveal his aggressive strategies against the opponent, and that’s what helped Sri Lanka to come out as victorious. He also served as the coach of Bangladesh cricket team from 2003 to 2007, and Bangladesh tested their first ever Test match victory during this time in 2005. Later he guided India U-19 team captained by Virat Kohli to win the 2008 ICC U-19 World Cup in Malaysia.


Bob Woolmer

One of most modern coaches in cricket history was Bob Woolmer. His coaching methodology and strategies were way ahead of time. He drove various innovative ways for batting and fielding placement. He was also credited for introducing computer analysis for his team to identify improvement areas and target areas for opponents. He had a very successful stint with South Africa from 1994 to 1999, during which he made South Africa one of the toughest team to beat. In the first match of the 1999 World Cup, South African captain Hansie Cronje took the field with an earpiece placed on Woolmer’s advice to get tips during the match. However, ICC did not approve this and Cronje was reprimanded. Post South Africa Woolmer took the coaching role with Pakistan in 2004. A thoroughly controversial period culminated with Woolmer’s unfortunate death in a hotel room Jamaica, hours after Pakistan’s exit from 2007 World Cup. Initially, there were many questions on the mysterious death, however, later police announced the death was from natural causes.

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