Enjoyed “John Wright’ s Indian Summers” written by John Wright with Sharda Ugra & Paul Thomas. Wright was the first foreign coach of India’s cricket team. His appointment set to rest, although temporarily, the Indian vs. foreign coach issue.
I was impressed by Wright’s professionalism. He brought a lot of passion to his role as India’s cricket coach. A job, he quickly found out, which was more in the limelight than he would ever have imagined.
At the end of the day, the team did prosper under his regime. With Ganguly as the aggressive captain and Wright as the sobering influence, India did much better than in past years. Amongst other achievements, they reached the final of the 2003 World Cup.
Here is BBC Sports assessment of his tenure as coach. India left on the Wright track.
I believe Wright did a lot of good for Indian cricket. If he is to be believed, before he took charge, “nets” was a leisurely affair where porters brought out the kits of the players and they condescended to bat after having pots of tea and sandwiches.
The book has some interesting stories: How communication is vital in the game. How Rahul Dravid declared when Tendulkar was on 194 in a Test against Pakistan. How Wright himself lost his temper and caught Sehwag by the collar when he had once again thrown away his wicket, the machinations behind the selection process, the heyday of Jagmohan Dalmia, the changing complexion of the game and status of the players thanks to television and big time sponsors. The game – and the new found stars- changed for ever.
All in all a good read, if you -like me-enjoy cricket and follow the fortunes of the Indian cricket team.
John Wright is right in all his observations on Indian cricket. In attempting to change the mind set of our players, and in getting higher leverage for the coach, was Wright wrong?