Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt has claimed that former Australian coach John Buchanan never really had much of an impact on the Ricky Ponting-led Aussie side. Butt asserted that the players during Buchanan’s era were the world’s best and any coach in his position would have gotten the same results.
John Buchanan oversaw Australia’s reign over world cricket when they won three World Cups from 1999-2007. That run is unmatched to this day, with no team managing to defend their throne since even once. However, the role of Buchanan during that era was questioned by experts and players alike, with many claiming the team was already at its peak when he joined.
“John Buchanan was a very high-tech coach. He used to have long meetings. I have also run teams and I am not a fan of such long meetings where players fall asleep. Players used to fall asleep in his meetings and he’s been part of a lot of coaching projects around the world but none were successful.”
“The Australian team was a massive side, it wouldn’t have mattered if they didn’t have a coach at all. Australian players have written the same in their books as well. He was a decent man but the glorifying of his coaching [is wrong]. Give any coach such players and the results will be similar,” Salman Butt said on his YouTube channel.
Salman Butt praises Sourav Ganguly, terms him as ‘soft spoken’
The Pakistani batsman played under Buchanan in the inaugural edition of the IPL. Butt never really saw him as being impactful but he had a contrasting opinion of former Indian captain and current BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly. Butt revealed that Ganguly was a soft-spoken man who was a brilliant player as well.
“He was a good captain, there’s no doubt about that, he captained India very well. He’s very soft-spoken, keeps the team with utmost care, and a brilliant player too. I have a lot of respect for him. No, no, he was not at all strict. I have played with him, against him, and under his captaincy as well, he was never strict,” Butt added.
Salman Butt played for Pakistan in 135 international matches, scoring 5209 runs at an average of 33.18. He represented the national team from 2003-2010 before being banned for spot-fixing.