Calcutta: Wriddhiman Saha doesn’t want to comment on the Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble row or Ravi Shastri’s appointment as India head coach.
“We’re barred from talking on this matter,” India’s wicketkeeper-batsman said, steering clear of controversies.
But he did express his opinion on the actual role of a coach in international cricket. Saha believes that the coach ought to be a good analyst and his man-management skills too are of utmost importance.
“See, you obviously cannot expect the coach to teach us cricket at the international level. But yes, watching from outside and analysing things is very important.
“Since we players are always in action and often react at the heat of the moment, we may not be able to take the right call always. That’s where the coach comes into play as he is watching the action from outside, which makes a difference.
“He should be able to point out our mistakes. In that sense, he should be a good analyst,” Saha told The Telegraph, adding: “And of course, his man-management skills are also crucial. Going well alongside each and every member of the squad, and having a good rapport with everyone improves the dressing room atmosphere more and more.
“I think it also encourages the players to give their level best.”
The other members of the Indian team’s support staff hasn’t been finalised yet, with ambiguity prevailing over Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan’s roles as batting and bowling consultants, respectively, for specific overseas tours. Saha, though, isn’t thinking too much about that.
“I knew that Rahulbhai and Zak have been finalised… Anyway, no matter what, I don’t get affected by such things… My focus always stays on the team’s performance, the basics and keeping things as simple as possible,” Saha stressed.
India’s tour of Sri Lanka begins with the first of the three Tests on July 26, in Galle. Things haven’t gone well for Sri Lanka even at home where they are struggling even against minnows Zimbabwe. But Saha warns against taking the Lankans lightly.
“Look, irrespective of everything, we’ll have to play away from home. Away matches are always tough.
“Lately, all the Test matches we played and won have been at home. So it’s always difficult when you play an away series,” he pointed out.
“The last time we went to Sri Lanka (in 2015), the conditions were different than what they used to be in the past.
“The wickets assisted pacers initially before offering turn for spinners.
“So we have to be careful and ensure we adapt as fast as possible with the conditions on offer,” Saha added.
Saha will be joining his India teammates on Wednesday for the tour of Sri Lanka.