Chennai, Feb 15 (PTI) Former India coach John Wrighttoday said the success of the then team under him was largelydue to the determination and drive of the senior players toimprove and he was just a catalyst in the process.
Wright, who had maintained a low-profile throughout hisfive-year tenure from 2000-2005, was his modest self whenreminded that the current Indian team was his baby.
"Oh no ... it''s satisfaction on seeing players playing totheir potential. Like Zaheer (Khan) who has improved a lot nowand (Virender) Sehwag. I think Gary (Kirsten) and his team andPaddy (Upton) have done exactly the same as when I was coach.
When you take over a team, you like to make progress, theyhave taken it to another level," said the current New Zealandcoach.
"But you know I think that Sourav (Ganguly) and all thesenior players Rahul (Dravid), (VVS) Laxman, Sachin(Tendulkar) really the guys drove that process. I helped withthat they did the great job because they wanted their team tochange and improve.
"I probably got the opportunity because of that desirefrom those players. It was a pleasure working with them.
Really that''s been a factor of the side for a long time,"Wright said at a press-conference ahead of his side''s WorldCup warm-up match against India here tomorrow.
Wright, who confessed to still following Indian cricket,had special memory of V V S Laxman because of the magnificent280 he had scored to win a Test match for India againstAustralia at Eden Gardens in 2001.
"Many times when I walk around my farm, I still thinkvery affectionately of Laxman on moving the cattle of thesheep or something like that. You think at that time It couldhave gone other way. I remember Kolkata. Someone said to me Ihope you got good yields. I said what you mean. I thought atthat stage particularly when we had to follow on -- thenLaxman and Rahul turned up and Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh) turnedit around.
"You look back on that you think well you had a bit ofteam talk about the batting order. You get fortunate something like that happens and then you pick up on the Chennaithing that was a bit of an adventure. So I still think veryaffectionately about VVS when you look back. So its great tobe back here (in India)," said the former New Zealand openingbatsman.
Asked about Ganguly having retired and Dravid no longerin the Indian ODI squad, Wright said, "Everything takes itscourse you know. India''s team for next World Cup will bedifferent from this one. I think the players understand that,I can''t imagine Sourav at mid-off at the moment.
"But every one has their time players, coaches. Youalways got to keep moving on in sports. They have had greatcareers and now it is someone else''s turn. Those sort ofdecisions are selection issues, really." PTI RE VS PDS AH