Chennai: India's new cricket coach Duncan Fletcher on Friday said he would advise rather than dictate his world champion wards as a rigid approach will not work with the high-profile side. (Agencies)
"It is a difficult place to play. I think you have got to make sure that you offer advises. You don't be dictatorial in your approach. There will be players to accept certain advice on how hard to play in the sub-continent. You know sometimes it works and sometimes it does not work," Fletcher said in his first press conference after being appointed coach.
"I do not think that there will be changes. It is not dictatorial in some degree and I think Gary Kristen followed my philosophy as he came and spoke to me before taking the Indian job", he said.
"I gave him a lot of advises as to how to handle situations and I think he took those on board. Gary was pushing me for the job and speaking to BCCI about my credentials. He realised that I have the right philosophy to coach India and I think hopefully he is right," he added.
Fletcher''s predecessor Kirsten left the job on a high after guiding the team to the World Cup title and earned respect for his calm demeanour. Kirsten was in sharp contrast to his predecessor Greg Chappell of Australia, who fell out with the players due to his authoritative style of functioning.
Fletcher, who coached England before this guiding them to a memorable Ashes triumph in 2005, has already had a chat with Kirsten on how to go about the new job.
"I had a check with Gary when I was in Capetown, I had a meeting with him and also had a meeting with Eric Simons. Together, they have given some advises. I have checked with the other sides and noticed that they all work differently. Coaching the Indian team is a new challenge for me," he said.
The Zimbabwean starts his tenure with the tour of the West Indies next month but he has been observing his new wards for quite a while.
"At the moment it is very important that people must appreciate as I am just coming in there are not going to be any major changes. I have checked with Gary and I saw their performance in the IPL too. I have got some ideas but I got to make sure that I make my observations and make changes, if necessary," he said.
Asked whether he feared any ego clashes with the top stars of the team, Fletcher said, "I have handled big players elsewhere as well. I think you have got to develop man management. The first thing is that you have got to gain their respect and they have got to gain my respect.
Chennai: India's new cricket coach Duncan Fletcher on Friday said he would advise rather than dictate his world champion wards as a rigid approach will not work with the high-profile side.