When VVS Laxman approached Michael Hussey to coach India

first_imgFormer Australia batsman Michael Hussey has revealed in his latest book that he was asked by former India batsman VVS Laxman if he was keen on coaching India.Hussey retired from international cricket but continues to trade his skills in different T20 leagues around the world, including Australia’s Big Bash League and the Indian Premier League. ESPNcricinfo reported it was during  a match between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad, last year that Laxman approached Hussey. Laxman is mentor of Sunrisers Hyderabad while Hussey had been bought by the Super Kings in the auction last year.Laxman spoke to Hussey a month before the BCCI named him in a three-member panel to find India’s next coach. Duncan Fletcher’s contract had expired with the 2015 World Cup. The terms of team director Ravi Shastri, who took over during the England tour in 2014, and the rest of his coaching staff come to an end after the World Twenty20. (MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli smash records as India enter Asia Cup final) Hussey, known as Mr Cricket for his sharp understanding of the game, served as a consultant for South Africa during the 2015 World Cup and he will assist Darren Lehmann with Australia for the ICC World Twenty20, which starts in India next month.Not long before Laxman’s request, Mahela Jayawardene had requested Hussey to take over assistant coach with the Sri Lankan team. But Hussey politely said no to both men because he wanted to spend more time with the family after nine years as an international cricketer. (World T20: India will be unstoppable if Rohit, Kohli fire, says Sehwag)  advertisement”The former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene rang me a while ago to ask if I would be interested in being an assistant coach of Sri Lanka with a view to taking over as head coach a few months further down the track,” Hussey wrote in Winning Edge, his third book, which was released recently.”A week later (after Jayawardene’s call) the ex-India batsman VVS Laxman asked me if I would be interested in coaching India. My initial answer to both of them was no because at the time I did not want to be on the road ten months a year; I wanted to be at home with my family and make up for some lost time from the previous few years. But, probably more relative to them, I said to each that I did not think I was ready to become the head coach of an international cricket team.”However, Hussey said that while Laxman understood that family was a good reason to not spend more time on the road, the Indian legend disagreed that Hussey was not qualified to coach a top-level team.”VVS accepted that I was not interested because of family reasons. But he would not accept my feeling that I was not up to standard for a job like that. ‘You have played the game very well for a long time, you know what needs to be done, you shouldn’t doubt yourself’, he said.”I replied that coaching individuals within a team is one thing and perhaps I could do that right now. But, I said, these days coaching is not just about coaching players. It’s about dealing with boards, sponsors, business owners, investors, officials, all sorts of people outside the team environment,” Hussey wrote.”It’s a very complex job that requires numerous skills that have little or nothing to do with cricket.”Laxman told Hussey that players with their kind of experience did not need to tick all the boxes of a qualified coach.”He said that guys with our level of experience had more understanding of the ins and outs of the game than just about anyone. It got me thinking that maybe you do not need to go off and do all sorts of courses and tick all the official boxes,” Hussey wrote. “Maybe just having played for so long ingrains in a long-serving former player the knowledge required to take on all that is necessary to be a good coach.”last_img read more