Sunil Gavaskar, former India captain and batting legend, has highlighted a significant issue concerning foreign coaches gaining firsthand knowledge of Indian players during their tenure in the IPL.
Gavaskar was asked about the incident during the Edgbaston Test when England head coach Brendon McCullum was believed to have signalled his bowlers from the balcony to bowl short deliveries at Shreyas Iyer.
Gavaskar told Sports Today that he had not seen the incident, but that IPL stints for foreign coaches should be reviewed since they are proving to be detrimental to Indian cricket in the long run.
Foreign Coaches Get First-Hand Information On Indian Players: Sunil Gavaskar
“It is something that we need to look at when it comes to coaches in the IPL. You have a lot of players who are coaching their national teams and when they come to the IPL, they tend to see our players first-hand. Now getting data from the computer and seeing players first-hand is something different.
So it is of disadvantage to Indian cricket because some of them may go back and assist, perhaps not be the main coaches but as assistant coaches or batting consultants or bowling consultants, who are coming in and getting first-hand information about Indian players, that might not be advantageous for India,” Gavaskar told Sports Today.
Shreyas Iyer got out to bouncers in both innings and it was pretty clear that McCullum had a set plan for him.
India lost the Edgbaston Test by 7 wickets after failing to capitalise on a 100-run lead, with batters succumbing to 245 in the second innings. The England batters chased down the target of 378 runs in almost no time, with Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow hitting unbroken tonnes.