Test captaincy doesn’t come naturally to anyone: Stephen Fleming

first_imgFleming backs Team India to bounce back against England in the ODI seriesMS Dhoni may just be two tests losses away from touching Stephen Fleming’s ignominious record of most away test defeats as captain but he finds support from his CSK coach who advocates Indian cricket stakeholders to take a balanced view of things over their next test captain.In an interview to India Today.in Fleming backs the Dhoni led Indian one day outfit to bounce back against England, although he admits they will be uncomfortable after the test losses. Counting himself out in the race for Indian coach, he also says it would be in the best interest of Indian cricket if Virat Kohli strives to be the best batsman he can be and not necessarily the skipper.Q. Stephen, you have said you spend three months a year in India with the CSK. Would one get to see a lot more of your here? Should an opportunity arise would you want to be Indian cricket coach?A. No. I am happy with the CSK role. It works well with the family situation. I know how much travelling is there with Indian team and that’s not me for the moment.Q. You have spent a lot of time with Dhoni as a CSK skipper. Do you believe he is still the right man for the job. Also do you think test captainship comes naturally to him?A. I don’t know if test captainship comes naturally to anyone. It’s hard work and when your team does not do well you feel the pressure and responsibility. He batted well which is a good sign. If he was playing badly and the team was doing badly he would be under some real pressure. He’s got that decision along with the BCCI as to what future holds for him whether its all forms of the game or just the shorter version with the World Cup coming up. There are lots of questions I am sure which are being asked and he’s in the best place to answer it.advertisementQ. Virat’s worst test tour has coincided with India’s poor loss to England. Else do you think it could have been a case for him taking test leadership over from MS Dhoni?A. Virat will be dissapointed with his show. There are very high expectations of him and he is one of the best players in the world which he still is, a bad series in England or anywhere else does not make you any lesser. He will make some adjustments and will be better off for it. Whether that takes him to captainship, I am not sure. Being the best batsmen he can will be the best thing for Indian cricket right now.Q. How much of a blame should Duncan Fletcher take for India’s losses? The test team has never won away during his reign.A. I am a coach, and am not going to bad another coach. But more seriously it’s a hard job. Responsibility lies with the players which often gets overlooked. The coach and the captain gets targeted. But the players will be dissapointed with the way they played. There was a lot expected of Virat and Pujara. Vijay played quite well but there are some real high profile players who have put some good numbers in the past 12 months and collectively they have had a very bad tournament. How deep you want to run with that whether it’s support staff whether it’s your academies that’s a case for the BCCI.Q. Do you think the test loss will hurt their chances in the one dayers?A. No I don’t think so. They will be looking forward to the one dayers. It’s generally agreed  that they are more suited to the one day game at the moment. They are world champions and they will be on the run. But they will be uncomfortable just like England were in the second half of the test series. They will come bouncing back and I would be surprised if they didn’t.last_img

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