Calcutta: Without using the word lucky, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar made it clear that Duncan Fletcher was actually lucky to get a year’s extension.
Gavaskar said no Indian coach would have been able to survive after losing 10 Test matches.
“Well it’s a little bit hard to react because I didn’t know it was coming up for discussion. But good luck to him. He’s got another year.
“It gives him the opportunity over the next year to try and improve on the record that he has,” Gavaskar told NDTV.
“I am pretty certain that if it would have been an Indian coach with the same record, he wouldn’t have got an extension.
“So now that he has got another year, we should sort of give him the support that we would give to anybody who would try and take Indian cricket forward.
“I believe very strongly that after the team is selected, it is not fair to comment. It can demoralise the players. Before the selection, one can debate but after selection we need to back the team. Now that he has got an extension, we need to support himů We should back BCCI for appointing Fletcher and we should back him,” he said.
“I think it makes sense to have him till the next World Cup. In case there is a change next year, then a new coach comes in, and within one year it will be very difficult for him to make a difference. We have to give him the support because Indian cricket is more important than individuals.
“Have a look at the past. Every time an Indian has not done well on one tour he’s been removed. So I think an Indian coach wouldn’t have survived after the two heavy losses in England and in Australia.
“... India also have not won a one-day series (featuring three or more teams)... They haven’t even made it to the knock-out stages of a tournament... Also, what about the titles after the World Cup?”