Former India cricketer Madan Lal on Tuesday fully backed Anil Kumble's decision to step down as the head coach of the national cricket team. Lal said that a coach needs to have the respect of the players in the dressing room to be successful but if that is not the case then he should step down.
\"I think Anil Kumble took the correct decision by stepping down because if you don't have the respect of the players in the dressing room then there's no point in coaching the team,\" Lal told India Today in a Facebook Live chat.Kumble stepped down from the post following reports of his rift with India captain Virat Kohli and the rest of the players in the squad, who complained that there was no freedom in the dressing room and insisted that the coach does enjoy cordial relations with the team members.
Former captain Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody and Richard Pybus are among the six candidates who haveapplied for the job after the BCCI invited fresh applications last month.
Lal feels the next India coach has to keep quiet and work silently behind the scenes to succeed otherwise he will suffer the same fate as Kumble did.
\"When a coach leaves his post the successor gets to learn a lot from him. Indian team needs a coach who keeps quiet and stays behind the scenes while doing his job.
\"If Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody don't work silently then they will suffer the same fate as Kumble. All the those who have coached India so far have you heard any complaints from Sanjay Bangar, John Wright or Gary Kirsten?,\" Lal said.
\"I always feel that the Indian captain is the most powerful person in the team. The coach is never as powerful as the captain. The coach only gives his opinion and then stands back to let the captain do his job.
\"Over the years the foreign coaches who have come into the Indian team have never done anything to upset the captain, except for maybe Greg Chappell,\" the 1983 World Cup winning player added.
He also said that the only way this situation can he brought under control is by giving more power to the coach otherwise this problem will remain in Indian cricket.
\"You have to give more power to the coach. Otherwise things will remain as bad as this. Our Indian team is doing well nowadays so we have to be more professional in our approach. Coach should also have the power to talk directly to the selectors and his opinions must be taken into account,\" Lal said.
Speaking from his own experience Lal said that he lacked man-management skills when he was the coach of the Indian team between 1996-97.
\"Nobody was ever scared of me in the Indian team. The only mistake that I made when I was in the man-management part,\" Lal added.