New Delhi: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar says it is time that Indian cricket looks to replace Duncan Fletcher and bring in someone who is young, energetic and whose ideas can galvanise players ahead of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.
In his column for a national daily, Gavaskar trains his guns at 65-year-old Fletcher and writes that under the former Zimbabwe cricketer, the Indian players have looked extremely ordinary. "It (Indian cricket) seems to be in a freefall that looks tough to arrest," he writes. "What Indian cricket needs right now is a younger coach who will want to be out working with the team and not looking to put his feet up at the slightest chance." (Related: Gavaskar says lack of work ethics hurting Team India)
Citing how Team India dominated world cricket under its previous coach Gary Kirsten, Gavaskar explained how the South African got the most out of the players. "Kirsten was enormously respected by the players because he had done the hard yards in both forms of the game. Kirsten knew the value of practicing to get better and under him the training sessions were competitive, productive and enjoyable," observed Gavaskar. "Since his departure, Indian cricket has just slipped and slipped."