Despite the conclusion of the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia with England winning the tournament, the criticisms towards the Indian team continue as former players, media members and cricket experts are still dissecting the semi-final loss at Adelaide.
Former Indian batter and 1983 World Cup winner Sunil Gavaskar has been extremely vocal about the Indian team throughout the marquee tournament.
Hence during a conversation with Aaj Tak, the Little Master questioned the need for such a massive coaching staff for the Indian team. He gave the example of the 1983 team which won the World Cup with just one manager in the support staff. He also talked about the 2011 team, which has a small coaching staff in comparison to this year’s team
“1983 me jo World Cup jeeta tha, team ke saath ek hi manager the, Maan Singh. Fir 1985 me bhi jo team jeeti, uske saath Prasanna manager the. Uske baad 2011 me jab team jeeti, tab itne saare log nahi the. Mujhe aashcharya hai ki support staff ka number team se bhi zyada hai. Players confuse hote hain ki main kiski sunu?” Gavaskar said on Aaj Tak.
(Translation: In the 1983 World Cup, we had one manager. Same in 1985. When the team won in 2011, there weren't many people as well. I'm surprised the number of support staff is higher than the team members. Players get confused about whom to listen)
The 73-year-old then questioned the need for an extra batting coach when the head coach of the team is legendary Rahul Dravid. Gavaskar believes that the extra personnel is creating confusion and hence need to create a concise coaching staff for the future.
“Mujhe samajh nahi aata ki jab aapke paas Rahul Dravid jaise duniya ke mahaan ballebaaz hain, tab aapko aur ek batting coach ki kya zarurat hai? Agar Dravid kuch keh rahe hain, aur Vikram Rathour kuch aur keh rahe hian, toh ballebaaz confuse hoga. Aapko dekhna hoga ki kya hamein itne logon me sahi me zarurat hai kya? Agar zarurat nahi hai, toh unko team ke saath mat bhejiye.
(Translation: I don't understand, when you have such a legendary batter like Rahul Dravid, why do you need a batting coach? Dravid says something, and Vikram Rathour says something else, and that leads to confusion. We need to understand how many members we need in the support staff).