Not long back, it seemed, cricket had no time or use for coaches. Cricket then was ruled and run by strong captains who called the shots and took key decisions. In the era of Clive Lloyd, Ian Chappell, Sunil Gavaskar, Imran Khan one had to be a brave man to suggest a power shift away from the captain, let alone appoint someone with authority.
All of them were benevolent dictators who tolerated no dissent or disagreement - all also had complete contempt for anyone holding the position of a coach.
Since those days, much has changed, cricket has moved on, the training and preparation of teams has advanced dramatically. Basic to this new thought is the arrival, and entrenchment, of a football style supermo who at one level assists the captain by relieving him off mundane responsibilities and, at the same time, participates actively in strategising and team selection.