Brendon McCullum has “no negative bone in his body” however whether or not he succeeds in his new job as head coach of England Test group, to an extent, might rely on how properly 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 deliver a optimistic angle to the England Test group.
“The one thing I can tell you in the enormous amounts of time I’ve spent with him is that there is no negative bone in his body,” Karthik stated on the ICC Review.
“He is somebody who wants to do everything in a positive manner.” “So it’s going to be very interesting when Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum meet up and figure out what’s the positive way for England cricket to do things.”
McCullum continues to be an inexperienced coach within the worldwide circuit, and Karthik believes he should adapt to the position.
“I think there will be certain things that will be definitely new to Brendon McCullum,” he stated.
“There is no doubt about it. Even though he has done his coaching bit for Kolkata Knight Riders and for Trinbago Knight Riders, I think red-ball cricket is a completely different kettle of fish.” The England males’s group has been going via a troublesome time — they misplaced the Ashes 4-0 in Australia, after which suffered a sequence defeat within the West Indies as properly, prompting Joe Root to step down as captain.
“I think McCullum wants to take this up because he sees this as a major challenge.” “A team that has obviously not done really well in the last two years. A bit in the dumps but to try and resurrect and try and take them to the pinnacle of Test cricket, which is what they are aiming to do.” During 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.
Asked what tradition McCullum would inculcate within the aspect, Karthik believed the ambiance across the group could be a “relaxed” one.
“It shall be a really relaxed dressing room. I’ve seen that he’s any person who focuses loads on enjoying a whole lot of sports activities off the sector and off the sector having a whole lot of enjoyable as properly.
“He emphasizes loads on it like a younger child who likes to play all of the sports activities doable and will get very bodily as properly. He is a really sturdy man, there is no such thing as a doubt about it. Sometimes even too sturdy for the present cricketers at this time. It shall be a really relaxed dressing room, a really chill dressing room.
“It’ll be very interesting how the youngsters are able to draw energy from that and make sure they are doing all things right to take English cricket forward.”
McCullum does have a process on his arms, particularly with many white-ball tournaments developing, together with the T20 World Cup in Australia later this yr and the World Cup subsequent yr.
In such a case, managing the workload of the gamers enjoying each codecs might pose a difficult scenario for McCullum.
When quizzed on what could be McCullum’s first precedence as the pinnacle coach, Karthik stated, “I believe to learn how a lot of a precedence is it for ECB to play red-ball cricket.
“Because there are such a lot of white-ball tournaments developing, the place is Test cricket positioned proper now by way of availability of the gamers in order that he can transfer the group ahead.
“The English cricket group have just a few gamers that overlap between white-ball and red-ball cricket and it may well get laborious to play each codecs all through the summer season. So typically it’s important to quit on a format for a sure time in an effort to deal with a serious match or Test sequence that’s going to come back up.
“So the priority on which player and how many good players is he going to get to play Test cricket is something he has to figure out with the administrators.”