Wednesday 23 January 2008 

Perth Test Should Continue 'Rich Vein' - John Buchanan

Former India coach John Wright, during his tenure as Team India coach, favoured leg-spinner Anil Kumble as captain. This was revealed by Australia's former coach John Buchanan.

Apparently, John Wright, India's first foreign coach suggestion was not granted his wich by the selectors. (In India, the coach had no voting authority in the selection process).

Wright was replaced by Greg Chappell and now Gary Kirsten is all set to take over as new coach of the Indian cricket team.

Speaking from Australia, Buchanan said, During my time as coach, I was very much aware of Anil Kumble’s strength within the team – he was, it seemed to me, a natural leader, although not given the opportunity. In fact my discussions with John Wright who was coach at the time, revealed the same belief.

"India’s resurgence through their series v Pakistan and now in Australia, while only brief at this period of time, I think will have a lot to do with this very studious, very sincere, very skilled, but extremely competitive gentleman," Buchanan said.

"India can move to Adelaide knowing they can draw the series, although that will not be sufficient to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy."

The final Test of the series should continue the rich vein of cricket. India will approach the Test with new confidence from the 3rd Test win in Perth, a venue where it was not expected to do well; while Australia will have its mind fairly and squarely fixed on just this Test match. The distractions of umpiring decisions, racist comments, suspensions, record wins and a lively WACA wicket will be well and truly left behind. The Australian team in Adelaide will be ‘steeled’ for the contest," Buchanan signed off.

© Bipin Dani
India Correspondent
Cricket World 2008