Ranking 10 best coaches in cricket history

Coaches that made a mark in the history of cricket.

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Coaches that made a mark in the history of cricket.

 Gary Stead. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Since the arrival of the ODI World Cup in 1975, the level of competition in cricket rose exponentially. Players and fans dreamt about lifting the greatest trophy in the game. So, they tried every way to increase the level of competition. In the 1970s, it was the West Indies who dominated the world. In the 1980s, the Indian cricket team along with the Aussies dominated the game. 

Later on, in the 1990s, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Australia managed to shock the world by winning the World Cup. Most of the champions before the 2000s were underdogs. The decade of the 2000s belonged to Australia as they were the most complete team of the decade. The Indians had to revamp and recreate the team as a star-studded team failed to clear the group stage of the 2007 World Cup. 

In the 2010s, the New Zealanders became the dark horses. They were regularly under-estimated but they managed to reach the semi-final of the World Cup in 2011. Later on, in 2015 and 2019, they finished as runners-up. Even though it is the players who have given in everything, some people have managed to bring the team together. They are the coaches and hence, let’s take a look at-

10 Best coaches in cricket history

10. Duncan Fletcher, England(1999–2007)

Duncan Fletcher
Duncan Fletcher. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Most of us remember Duncan Fletcher as the head coach of the Indian Cricket Team. Under him, the Indian team went on to lift the Champions Trophy. He managed to coach a team that was undergoing a transition as the senior players were retiring and were out of the squad. Although India was knocked out in the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup, his contract was not renewed. This marked his departure from the Indian team.

But, the highlight of his coaching career was his tenure with the English side. Under him, the England Test team managed to win the Ashes after a long gap of 18 years. It is also widely regarded as one of the greatest Test series of all time. The Englishmen managed to defeat the strongest Australian squad ever. The margin was 2-1, and as a result, Fletcher was conferred with OBE. 

Apart from that, the England cricket team won 8 consecutive Test matches. They defeated New Zealand 3-0, and the West Indies 4-0. Fletcher, however, had his share of bad times as in 2007, he was criticized heavily as England was knocked out of the 2007 World Cup. But, he is the one under whom the England squad managed to improve in Test cricket. 

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