New Delhi: Armed with a laptop and deep analysis Duncan Fletcher is headed to India to coach the Men in Blue for the next two years.
Happily for India, 62-year-old Duncan Andrew Gwynne Fletcher is more famous for being Coach than Cricketer. He is the man who is credited with lifting the English cricket team from ranking last on the list of Test playing nations to right up there as No 2.
For all that, Fletcher never played Test cricket. England's first foreign coach was born a Zimbabwean. An all-rounder - left-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler - and known for his sharp fielding, Fletcher was the first man to captain Zimbabwe in international cricket and it was he that led the team that beat Australia in the 1983 World Cup and almost beat India in the famous Tunbridge Wells match which skipper Kapil Dev came out to salvage at 17 for 5. India eventually lifted the World Cup that year.