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  1. Or "characters," as in players who express themselves in different ways. For every "shista" Rahane, an uninhibited character like a Jadeja or Pandya or even a Kohli. Within limits, this approach takes the stress off the players and they don't feel under the gun always. Everyone is not expected to behave in the same way and function like robots. To address your points: Smoking is typically a big no-no - it clearly negatively impacts one's stamina and ability to perform as a top-level athlete. Drinking within limits is not a problem. In the end, these guys are not here to be choirboys or padres-in-training. They are high-level athletes who, if they can handle the distractions and still show up for practice, play hard and perform their roles well, should be given some freedoms to blow off steam. The big trick? Balance and knowing what each guy's limits are; when is the partying is getting in the way of each guy's performance.
  2. Maybe his analytical mind can be used more productively in an administrative role than as a coach. A brilliant analyst does not a great coach make. IMO, he would do a great job of developing and executing strategies that people are talking about here.
  3. Not quite right. That's Fletcher's record, not Shastri's:
  4. Well ... we did pretty well when he was coaching didn't we? Or am I remembering incorrectly?
  5. Hopefully this is a benefit series for some of our older guys too :-)!
  6. A sunny, but toxic future? Joule per joule, solar panels produce 300x as much toxic waste as nuclear
  7. It's the "all 5 games" that gets to me.
  8. Am starting to buy the Bunty Sajdeh stories.
  9. Disagree. At the time he got the job, he fully deserved it from a qualification standpoint. I think he even satisfied all the CoI issues. Just proved not to have the personality for it.
  10. If switch flips, flip it back off until after the hoopla has died down. And then explain to them why they f*d up and what they need to do to get better. I guess we just have different coaching philosophies.
  11. Here is my position on AK: (1) Among India's top 5 cricketers ever. (2) Extremely intelligent, analytical, honest, tough, disciplined, stubborn, articulate. (3) Deserved a shot at the coaching job. (4) Current evidence indicates he has no idea how to use tough love to groom and nurture young talent. (5) Would be great as an analytically brilliant, dictatorial CEO. Not a coach. Two. different. skill. sets.
  12. I don't know if it was a plot. If BCCI asked him about AK's coaching style and what did not gel with the players, what is he supposed to say?
  13. Again, I am not advocating that he do a "good job ... well done" all the time. You guys refuse to read exactly what I wrote. So, here goes again: Criticism is a must. But it is a coach's job to know how and when to dish it out. And it is not when the guys are already down.
  14. Sorry. First, this has nothing to do with Amir. He f'ed up. He paid the price, didn't he? And if you can't see the differences between the uncle-story and the Kumble-player interaction, you have blinders on. Of course, they must take criticism. But, it must be handed down in the right way at the right time - that is the job of a mentor. Not ripping someone apart when they are already down on themselves after a humiliating defeat.
  15. Kumble gives bowler a "dressing down." If the above report is true, Kumble has proven himself to be a terrible man-manager. Yes, these guys are professionals who should be able to take criticism, but they are also 20 - 28 yr olds with all the frailties that come with young age. As a coach and mentor, it is Kumble's job to use better judgment as to when and how to offer criticism. Just being right is not enough. How you communicate it is a key skill, and Kumble does not seem to have it. Again, if the report is true ....