5. Brendon McCullum (England, 2022 – Present)

Brendon McCullum, with no experience in coaching a national team, replaced Chris Silverwood as England’s new head coach in red-ball cricket in May 2022. On the pitch, Ben Stokes replaced star batter and former captain Joe Root to start a new era in English cricket. England enjoyed an immediate turnaround by defeating World Test Champions New Zealand at home by winning all three matches.

4. Dav Whatmore (Sri Lanka, 1996 & Bangladesh, 2003)

He came to fame by shocking the cricketing fraternity and winning the 1996 World Cup with Sri Lanka, his birthplace country. Whatmore, with captain Arjuna Ranatunga, completely changed Sri Lanka’s fortunes in the cricketing world. Under his guidance Sri Lanka Openers managed to chase a 242-run target in the final against mighty Australians.

3. Gary Kirsten (India, 2008-2011)

The former South African batter replaced Gregg Chappell after India’s horrific show in the 2007 World Cup. He was largely credited for the team’s success by many former and current Indian players. Under him, India also became the top-ranked Test team for the first time. He took some hard decisions of dropping senior players and backed MS Dhoni to build up toward the new era. 

2. Andy Flower (England, 2009-2014)

He replaced Moores in 2009 and became the only second foreign coach in England’s cricketing history. England won their first-ever ICC tournament in their history by lifting the 2010 T20 World Cup trophy in West Indies. The Three Lions topped the Test ranking after beating India by 4-0 at home in 2011. He resigned in 2014 after England lost the Ashes down under by 5-0.

1. John Wright (India, 2000-2005)

New Zealand batter John Wright was the first foreign coach for the Indian cricket team. His biggest success came in 2003 when India reached the World Cup final but were defeated by Australia. India enjoyed back-to-back series wins in Pakistan in 2004 but eventually, Wright was replaced by Greg Chappell next year.