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'W'righting the wrongs

By Rajneesh Gupta
April 18, 2005 12:31 IST
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When India appointed John Wright as their first foreign coach nearly five years ago, the match-fixing controversy was at its height and a consistently inconsistent team had disappointed fans for long.

The New Zealand born Wright took on the challenge and adapted remarkably well to transform India into a force in the international arena.

Statistician Rajneesh Gupta has a look at Wright's reign.

India's performance under John Wright in Tests
Opponent P W L D %W
Australia 11 4 4 3 36
England 7 2 1 4 29
New Zealand 4 0 2 2 0
Pakistan 6 3 2 1 50
South Africa 4 1 1 2 25
Sri Lanka 3 1 2 - 33
West Indies 8 3 2 3 37
Zimbabwe 6 4 1 1 67
Bangladesh 3 3 - - 100
TOTAL 52 21 15 16 40
At Home 24 11 4 9 46
Abroad 28 10 11 7 36

India's performance under John Wright in ODIs
Opponent P W L NR %W
Australia 18 4 13 1 24
Bangladesh 5 4 1 - 80
England 15 8 6 1 57
Kenya 6 5 1 - 83
Namibia 1 1 - - 100
Netherlands 1 1 - - 100
New Zealand 14 5 8 1 38
Pakistan 16 6 10 - 37
South Africa 8 3 4 1 43
Sri Lanka 13 7 4 2 64
United Arab Emirates 1 1 - - 100
West Indies 13 7 6 - 54
Zimbabwe 18 15 3 - 83
TOTAL 129 67 56 6 54
At Home 42 19 22 1 46
Abroad 87 48 34 5 59

Wright missed the opening match of the TVS Cup held in Bangladesh in Apr 2003 [Ashok Malhotra acted as coach] , but returned for the remaining matches.

Summary of India's performance under last five coaches

Tests

Coach Started in P W L D %W
SM Patil Apr 1996 3 0 1 2 0
Madan Lal Sep 1996 20 5 5 10 25
AD Gaekwad Sep 1998 7 1 4 2 14
Kapil Dev Aug 1999 8 1 5 2 12
JG Wright Nov 2000 52 21 15 16 40

ODIs

Coach P W L T NR %W
SM Patil 10 2 7 0 1 22
Madan Lal 79 33 38 1 7 46
AD Gaekwad 47 24 22 0 1 52
Kapil Dev 40 16 23 0 1 41
JG Wright 129 67 56 0 6 54

Gaekwad returned in Sep-Oct 2000 for nine one-day games (W5,L4) after Kapil Dev resigned

Highs of John Wright's tenure:
-2-1 win in Test series over Aus in 2000-01.
-NatWest Series win in 2002
-drawn series in England in 2002 after having lost the first Test by 170 runs
-Played in World Cup final in 2002-03
-First Indian team not to lose a series in Australia [in 2003-04] since 1986-87
-First Indian team to win Test & ODI series in Pakistan [in 2003-04]

The low points:
-2-1 series loss to SL in Sri Lanka in 2001
-2-1 series loss to WI in West Indies in 2001-02
-lost seven match ODI series to NZ 5-2 in 2002-03
-were blanked in two Test series in NZ in 2002-03
-TVS Cup in India in 2003-04 [lost to Australia in final]
-VB Series in Australia in 2003-04 [humiliating defeats vs Aus in both the finals]
-2-1 series loss to Aus in 2004-05 at home soil
-lost six match ODI series to Pakistan after taking a 2-0 lead

...and the near misses:
-Coca Cola Cup in Zimbabwe in 2001 [lost to WI in the final after winning all the league matches]
-missed the chance to win Test series in Zimbabwe in 2001 by losing the second Test after having won the first
-Standard Bank Series in SA in 2001-02 [lost to SA in the final]
-ODI series vs WI in 2001-02 [lost 4-3]
-could not beat NZ in two match series at home soil in 2003-04
-Asia Cup in Sri Lanka in 2004 [could not chase target of 229 in the final v SL]
-missed the opportunity to win back to back Test series against Pakistan in 2004-05 by losing the third Test after taking 1-0 lead.

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