Some cricketers go all the way but others fade away with time or take up another route. But the love for the game and ambition to serve it at the best capacity remains intact. In cricket history, there have been players who succeeded as an international cricketer and coach, while some did not have a glittering career but made it count as a coach. Let us have a look at five such players who later grew up to become fine coaches.
John Buchanan failed miserably as a player. He made seven appearances for Queensland in First-Class cricket scoring 160 runs at an average of 12.30 and picked up 15 wickets. He, however, succeeded as a coach.
Buchanan was appointed as the coach of Australian cricket team in 1999. He led the national side to an unprecedented Test series’ domination soon after and brought out the best from them. He also recorded 15 wins from 15 matches at one point.
He helped Australia dominate the Ashes in 2001-02 besides clinching the World Cup 2003 in South Africa. The 67-year-old, however, did not have a good time with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL as cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar him for discrimination against Indian players and as a result he was sacked in 2009.