In the week that India reacted to their Test series defeat to England by shaking up their coaching staff, Lycamobile ambassador Farokh Engineer remembers a time when there were 'no recognised coaches'.
As Ravi Shastri, Sanjay Bangar, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar arrive in England, it is fair to say the advice they will be passing on will be very different to that which Engineer was given during his time as an international cricketer.
Indeed, speaking following the second Test at Lord's, Engineer tells us that when he was in the team, the players had to fend for themselves and learn from their mistakes.
He maintains that this is the best way to learn and wonders what on earth the coaches that are involved in the team these days are doing.
He talks about 'shadow play' and the absence of any recognised or 'qualified' coaches.
Farokh was talking to Alastair Symondson and will continue to cover India's tour of England for Cricket World when the ODIs get underway next week. Win a holiday to India with Lycamobile by clicking here.
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