Champions Trophy 2017
‘Batsmen will need to adapt quickly to English Conditions’
“You had a great bunch of cricketers,” Mumbled John Wright immediately after recounting his stint (from 2000 to 2005) as India’s first foreign coach during his speech at the Rotary Club of Bombay Midtown on Wednesday. The Kiwi has a soft corner for leg sinner Anil Kumble, who was a senior member of the Indian team which Wright coached at that time.
John Wright feels Team India will be a tough nut to crack in the Champions Trophy 2017 in England in June. “India’s got a good team. Your pace attack is the most potent it’s ever been. The Indian seamers were very good in India earlier, and if Anil Kumble (the current India coach) can ensure that they stay disciplined (in terms of line and length) in England. It would be tough to beat India in Champions Trophy 2017 in England.”
“However, your batsman needs to adapt quickly to the conditions, because it will be early summer in England and the ball will seam around. In fact the team which is the quickest in adapting the English conditions will win the tournament,” John Wright said.
Even as most of India’s top batsmen are out of form, almost all the fast bowlers in the India Squad for Champions Trophy 2017 – Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Buhvneshwar Kumar, and even seam-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya- have been amongst wickets during the long home season which included Test Series against three visiting teams followed by the IPL 2017.
It was Wright who discovered Bumrah when he was Mumbai Indians coach in the IPL 2013 season. The former Mumbai Indians coach spends almost six months in a year in India these days, especially during the domestic season to hunt for the potential players which his franchise can buy in the IPL auction. No sooner would the IPL get over on May 21 than the spotlight would shift to the Champions Trophy 2017 in England from June 1.