Bedi backs Indian to be next coach

Names Ganguly, Dravid & Kumble as best replacements.

BediFormer India captain Bishan Singh Bedi on Sunday said that an Indian — preferably Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid or Anil Kumble — should be appointed coach of the national team as they are familiar with modernday cricket and the fast-changing game.

During the programme 'Hot Pursuit' on Headlines Today, Bedi also said that current captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been plain lucky and should have been replaced after he led India to the World Cup triumph last year.

"Why should we have a foreign coach when we have people like Ganguly, Dravid and Kumble, who know the modern game? The BCCI does not have a foreign president. What is the need of a foreign coach? Duncan [Fletcher, the current team coach] will go after the India series," Bedi said dismissively, referring the ongoing series against England.

India are trailing 1-2 in the four-Test series and if the hosts don't win on Monday, the fifth and final day of the fourth match in Nagpur, they would lose a home series to England for the first time in 27 years.

Dhoni has been under fire for his leadership qualities and also for his strong views on pitches; he has openly demanded pitches that assist spinners from the very beginning of matches.

"I think he is lucky that he is still there [at the helm]. Unfortunately, for Dhoni to handle all this is becoming a bit too much. He should have been eased out after the [2011] World Cup," he asserted.

India defeated Sri Lanka in the final in Mumbai to win the World Cup.

Bedi, however, stoutly defended batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who has been under fire for his low scores in the last two series, against New Zealand and England.

"None of us, neither the experts nor the media, are qualified to judge Sachin. Only one person can judge him, that is Sachin Tendulkar," said Bedi, who was the coach/manager of the Indian when the maestro scored his maiden Test century on the tour of England in 1990.

"It is sad to see that now he has to graft his innings. He was a phenomenal stroke player who terrorised the opponents. There is still a commercial interest involved in Sachin and Dhoni," he said, referring to the various products that the two players endorse.

Bedi has always been a staunch supporter of Tendulkar, who at 39, seems to have been affected by slow reflexes.

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