Viswanath backs 'coach' Sourav

Calcutta: Former captain and chairman of selection committee Gundappa Viswanath isn't against an Indian coach for the senior national team. Another former captain Sourav Ganguly had recently suggested that an Indian should take charge once Duncan Fletcher's term expires.

"If Sourav has the time then why not him… It all depends on the Board and Sourav," said Viswanath on Wednesday.

"Sourav has played with most of the current crop of players and he knows them well… Gary Kirsten had taken up coaching shortly after retiring from international cricket. Sourav could also do the same and he has the credentials," Viswanath reiterated.

He's also not against split captaincy. "I'm not saying that split captaincy is the way forward, but if it does happen then it's good. (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni can take some time out… I'm not sure if Dhoni needs a break…

"We should also keep in mind that except for the last two series overseas and the home series versus England, he's done well as a captain.

"You can't always blame the captain for the poor show. A team is as good as the captain," he said at a function at CMRI to inaugurate a bed for first class cricketers.

Viswanath said that India are going through a transition phase. "It's a cycle… Australia have gone through it. There's bound to be ups and downs. West Indies had to endure a similar period over a long time.

Does he support Sachin Tendulkar's decision to quit one-day cricket? "It's an usual thing. He's opted out himself and up to the player concerned."

Viswanath is hoping India will be able to draw level the one-day series at the Eden.

"I hope India will come out with flying colours. Everyone has to put in that extra effort. Dhoni played one of the best one-day innings the other day in Chennai. Others too should follow him and raise their game."


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