Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 8th 2013 Contents What makes you such a successful
coach, first with the India under 19s, India
senior team, in Bangladesh, in Sri Lanka,
in the USA, for Mumbai Indians and now
for the Kieron Pollard-led Barbados Tri-
dents, among other stints?
Well, I must tell you that I was asked by
the Indian authorities at the tail end of my
career to coach the under 19s so they must
have seen something in me to do the job.
That said though, I strongly believe that a
successful cricket coach must understand
himself first, understand international crick-
et, understand the psyche, psychology and
capabilities of individuals and people in the
prevailing conditions which I have learned
over the years, even while I was a player.
If you have achieved this then you re on
your way and half the battle is won.
Describe yourself in two words, one
beginning with R the other with S, your
Hmmm...let s see. I d say resilient and
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My family for sure, my uncles all of whom were
involved in the formation of the Valley Boys cricket
club in our village in Princes Town which produced
many top class cricketers. Then I went on to play
at the highest local league level with the Oxford
cricket club at the age of 16 or 17. I then captained
the T&T under-19 team before I made it to the senior
team where I played a couple of games. I played with
the likes of Gus Logie, Larry Gomes, Phil Simmons,
David Williams, Ganesh Mahabir, names that come
What prompted you to head to India?
There was a team visiting Trinidad from India
called the Hyderabad Blues and after doing very well
against them they invited me to come and play with
them during the off season here. I was just 18 so
after a successful stint I had to combine my studies
with cricket and that I did for five years at the Uni-
versity of Madras, during which time I qualified to
play for India.
What was it like to be back in Trinidad in your
capacity as the assistant coach of the Kieron Pol-
lard-led Barbados Tridents in the current inaugural
CPL league? What is it like to have someone like
him in your teams?
It s really exciting as I also get time to visit my
folks here, my mom and siblings who are still here.
Kieron Pollard is really an excellent cricketer with
an astute cricket brain and a serious competitor who
is capable of winning games singlehandedly. There
aren t many such players around who can do this in
the middle order. But he needs to be given the oppor-
tunity to play in the longer version of the game as
I strongly believe that he possesses the skills and
attributes to be a success for the West Indies at the
Test level. As I always say, as cricketers we all learn
and develop our skills in the longer version of the
What do you rate as extremely special in your
It was very special getting back into the India team
in 1996 after a seven-and-a-half year gap following
just one game at the Queen s Park Oval, actually
versus the West Indies in 1989. I was driven by the
desire to prove a point and get back into the national
team. I did and went on to play 135 One Day Inter-
national games for India.
How many games did you play against the West
Indies? Any against Brian Lara and if so, did you
ever get him out?
I played about ten games including a couple against
Lara, and yes I got him out once!
Of all the cricketing venues you have played at,
which would you rank as your favourites?
I really enjoyed Melbourne Cricket Ground in Aus-
tralia where I performed well and Mohali in India
which had a nice wicket, wonderful ambience and
a beautiful ground.
What are your thoughts about the CPL?
Pretty good actually. I have been involved with
many T20 tournaments and the CPL ranks high given
that it s in its first year
Who were your cricketing heroes growing up,
and who were the best players you played against?
Well, there were the likes of Garry Sobers, Rohan
Kanhai, Viv Richards and Malcolm Marshall...all great
cricketers. Sachin Tendulkar was the best batsman
and Wasim Akram and Muralitharan were the best
bowlers I have played against.
In India Kapil Dev, Mohammed Azhruddin and
Sachin Tendulkar were very influential and helpful
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