The sport of cricket has produced numerous world-class talents. You can name great cricket players easily, but great coaches are hard to find since coaching is a completely different game. Great players have little success in transitioning into the role of a coach, while some less-famous players have made their name as excellent coaches.
1. Andy Flower
This name of the retired Zimbabwean batsman will be remembered by English cricket fans for many years. He had made his name as one of the world’s best wicket-keeper batsmen. So expectations were so high when he was appointed as the head coach of the England cricket team.
Flower didn’t disappoint fans by leading the team to three Ashes victory in 2009, 2011, and 2013, and the T20I World Cup trophy in 2010. One year later, he was awarded as the ‘Officer of the Order of the British Empire’ thanks to his contribution to England’s success.
2. Duncan Fletcher
Duncan Fletcher is mostly known for his assistance to the resurgence of the Test cricket in England. It was under his coaching that after a long wait of 18 years, the country won the Ashes from Australia. After some of his decisions backfired in key situations, his contract wasn’t renewed by the ECB.
Later in 2011, he was appointed as the coach for the Indian national cricket team, seemingly on the recommendation of the outgoing Gary Kirsten. He guided India to eight consecutive series victories, including the Champions Trophy in 2013. After the 2015 World Cup, his tenure as the coach of the Indian national team ended. Now he has been granted British citizenship as a reward for his contribution to the country’s cricket.
3. John Wright
This retired New Zealand left-hand batsman was the captain of the national cricket team on many occasions. He started his coaching career with the Kent County Cricket Club. Thanks to positive results, in 2000, Wright was appointed as the head coach of the Indian national cricket team and guided the team for 5 years. In 2003, he led the team to have a World cup final appearance as well as a home Test series win against the Australian team.