Former India players feel it's time now to appoint an Indian coach for the national team. (AFP Photo)
Even as the future of coach Duncan Fletcher hangs in the balance and uncertainty looms large over the Zimbabwean's job with BCCI, former India players, including master batsman Gundappa Vishwanath are batting for an Indian to take over the national team's coaching reins.
"We have so many greats to guide the team. I personally feel Team India should go for an Indian coach," Vishwanath told Cricketnext as he hailed the BCCI's decision to appoint former allrounder Ravi Shastri as the Team Director for the ODI series in England.
In a stern message, following India's humiliating performance in the Test series, the BCCI brought in their 'go-to man' Shastri, sidelining Fletcher. The trio of Bharat Arun, Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar have also been roped in on the back of their successful coaching stints in the IPL.
Calling for giving time to MS Dhoni and his battle-scarred men to bounce back, Vishwanath, said it would be foolhardy to expect there would be a change in the team's fortune overnight. "You don't expect a miracle - do you?" he asked.
Echoing Vishy, former India spinner Venkatapathy Raju slammed the board's penchant for preferring a foreign coach.
"The appointment of a coach should be made purely on the basis of the players' requirements and the way we bat and bowl - not on what Australia or England are doing," Raju told Cricketnext.
The beleaguered Fletcher, however, has found support with some of the former players suggesting he should be persisted with until the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand early next year.
Former India opener Akash Chopra feels it would be inappropriate to drop Fletcher even as the clamour for the Zimbabwean's head grows steadily, which suggesting India should begin drawing Fletcher's succession plan.
"I think we should start working on Fletcher's succession plan, preferring an Indian, a person from inside," opined Chopra.
Ex-India wicketkeeper Kiran More also believes it's not right to give Fletcher all the flak. "I don't agree to the idea of blaming the coaches. If the team is not performing well, that's because they are not in good form. It has nothing to do with the coach all the time," the former selector said.
Much like others, More too praised Indian coaches in the domestic circuit, making clear his preference for a compatriot to be at the helm.