McCullum has no negative bone in his body, adaptability will be the key: Karthik | Cricket News – Times of India


DUBAI: Brendon McCullum has “no damaging bone in his physique” however whether or not he succeeds in his new job as head coach of England Test team, to an extent, may depend upon how effectively he adapts to teaching in red-ball cricket after managing T20 franchises, feels Dinesh Karthik.
Karthik teamed up with McCullum throughout their stint collectively within the IPL with the Kolkata Knight Riders — McCullum and Karthik had been coach and captain of the franchise respectively within the 2019 season.
The Indian wicketkeeper-batter expects McCullum to convey a optimistic perspective to the England Check group.
“The one factor I can let you know within the monumental quantities of time I’ve spent with him is that there isn’t any damaging bone in his physique,” Karthik mentioned on the ICC Overview.
“He’s any individual who needs to do every thing in a optimistic method.”
“So it’ll be very attention-grabbing when Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum meet up and work out what is the optimistic manner for England cricket to do issues.”
McCullum remains to be an inexperienced coach within the worldwide circuit, and Karthik believes he must adapt to the position.
“I feel there can be sure issues that can be positively new to Brendon McCullum,” he mentioned.
“There isn’t any doubt about it. Although he has completed his teaching bit for Kolkata Knight Riders and for Trinbago Knight Riders, I feel red-ball cricket is a very totally different kettle of fish.”
The England males’s group has been going via a tough time — they misplaced the Ashes 4-0 in Australia, after which suffered a collection defeat within the West Indies as effectively, prompting Joe Root to step down as captain.
“I feel McCullum needs to take this up as a result of he sees this as a serious problem.”
“A group that has clearly not completed rather well within the final two years. A bit within the dumps however to try to resurrect and try to take them to the head of Check cricket, which is what they’re aiming to do.”
Throughout his stint because the New Zealand captain, McCullum was broadly credited with bettering the tradition of the group. This led to an enchancment in outcomes, culminating in some well-known victories.
Requested what tradition McCullum would inculcate within the aspect, Karthik believed the ambiance across the group can be a “relaxed” one.
“It will likely be a really relaxed dressing room. I’ve seen that he’s any individual who focuses quite a bit on taking part in numerous sports activities off the sphere and off the sphere having numerous enjoyable as effectively.
“He emphasizes quite a bit on it like a younger child who likes to play all of the sports activities doable and will get very bodily as effectively. He’s a really robust man, there isn’t any doubt about it. Generally even too robust for the present cricketers at the moment. It will likely be a really relaxed dressing room, a really chill dressing room.
“It will be very attention-grabbing how the kids are ready to attract power from that and ensure they’re doing all issues proper to take English cricket ahead.”
McCullum does have a job on his palms, particularly with many white-ball tournaments arising, together with the T20 World Cup in Australia later this 12 months and the World Cup subsequent 12 months.
In such a case, managing the workload of the gamers taking part in each codecs may pose a difficult scenario for McCullum.
When quizzed on what can be McCullum’s first precedence as the top coach, Karthik mentioned, “I feel to learn how a lot of a precedence is it for ECB to play red-ball cricket.
“As a result of there are such a lot of white-ball tournaments arising, the place is Check cricket positioned proper now when it comes to availability of the gamers in order that he can transfer the group ahead.
“The English cricket group has a couple of gamers that overlap between white-ball and red-ball cricket and it could actually get arduous to play each codecs all through the summer season. So typically it’s important to hand over on a format for a sure time so that you could concentrate on a serious match or Check collection that’s going to come back up.
“So the precedence on which participant and what number of good gamers is he going to get to play Check cricket is one thing he has to determine with the directors.”


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