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    There's one aspect in the Indian Premier League about which all the eight franchisees have thought alike. It is not concerning the players. It has certainly nothing to do with the revenue. And it is definitely not the fact that all agreed to play in South Africa when the tournament was shifted.
    It pertains to the appointment of coaches.

    All the eight outfits opted for a foreign coach to guide their teams' fortunes in the second edition.


    So we have five Australians, two South Africans and a Kiwi coaching the IPL teams, and not a single Indian.

    The picture in the inaugural edition wasn't as bad.

    At least two franchisees, Deccan Chargers (Robin Singh) and Mumbai Indians (Lalchand Rajput), had entrusted the responsibilities on veteran Indians.

    But blame it on lack of results, coaching techniques or extravagance on part of the owners that there's not a single Indian this time around.
    Now that IPL II is into its third week, lets analyse the performance of the imported coaches, their strengths and shortcomings.

    Was it unfair to sideline Indian coaches completely? Are Indian coaches not good enough?
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    Darren Lehmann (Deccan Chargers)



    They were arguably the most high profile team in the inaugural edition. Chargers, seen as one of the pre-tournament favourites with explosive batsmen like Andrew Symonds, Shahid Afridi, Herschelle Gibbs and Adam Gilchrist in their ranks, managed just to win just two of their 14 games, ending the tournament with the proverbial wooden spoon.

    The management was quick to react.

    Last September, in what was widely regarded as the first sacking of the IPL, Deccan Chargers showed coach Robin Singh the door and removed VVS Laxman as captain.

    The captaincy reins were handed to Gilchrist, a former Australia captain, while another former Australian Test player Darren Lehmann was made the new coach.


    "There was a lot of negative feeling around the team last year," said Lehmann, soon after his appointment.

    "We are trying to turn it around and I want to gel the group to become closer and play a better brand of cricket than last season."

    The 2004 Wisden Cricketer of the Year, who signed initially for three years, seems to have put the team back on track.

    Deccan Chargers have won their first four matches in the second edition and are sitting pretty at the top of the table.
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    John Buchanan (Kolkata Knight Riders)



    Controversial!

    The word can best describe the Australian.



    If his not-so-good relationship with Shane Warne made headlines during his stint with the national side even as they won virtually everything, his controversial 'multiple-captain theory' initiated an unnecessary debate ahead of the second edition.



    His Kolkata side had been one of the biggest disappointments in the inaugural edition and while looking at their shortcomings, Buchanan, one of the most successful coaches, worked out an unprecedented game plan.




    His theory for the T20 format closely followed one of economics' basic theories -- the division of labour -- read his side having four captains, a new captain for every match. The new theory elicited criticism from the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Warne, and was eventually not followed.


    Besides, there was mayhem in Kolkata, where emotions run high vis-a-vis sport.


    But Buchanan had a final say when he replaced Sourav Ganguly with destructive New Zealand keeper-batsman Brendon McCullum.


    Knight Riders have made a disastrous start to the second edition of the tournament and McCullum, who still holds the record for the best innings in an IPL match (158 not out against Bangalore), is struggling to cope with the new responsibility.


    There are even talks of owner Shah Rukh Khan looking to sell the team.
    Things are certainly not going well for Buchanan.
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    Shane Warne/Jeremy Snape (Rajasthan Royals)



    Shane Warne, who as captain/coach led Rajasthan Royals to an unexpected but well-deserved triumph in the inaugural edition, has reiterated time and again his controversial theory that an international team doesn't need a coach. In the second season, the Australian continued his role, albeit with some help from Jeremy Snape, the Leicestershire and former England one-day spinner, who happened to be their performance coach.

    "The only reason I'm coach is because the Royals don't really have a coach," Warne said ahead of the tournament.

    "I'm just the captain, really. I've got two assistants, who do a good job, in Darren Berry and Jeremy Snape. Darren looks after practice while I get around and speak to individuals and Snapey floats around, helps guys prepare and does some one-on-one stuff. Captains should always run the cricket. At international level I don't think you need a coach."

    If Warne is understandably attracting most of the attention, then Snape's work behind the scenes is not going unnoticed.

    And the defending champions, despite an indifferent start, are back on track following the convincing win over Delhi.
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    Tom Moody (Kings XI Punjab)




    Tom Moody signed up to coach the Mohali team in the inaugural edition. And when he led Yuvraj Singh's team to the last four in their first attempt, he was deemed fit to continue.

    Moody's masterstroke in the inaugural edition was getting relative unknowns like Shaun Marsh and Luke Pommersbasch into the squad and entrusting them with responsibilities.


    The Australian, a member of two World Cup-winning teams and a former Sri Lanka coach, who led them to the 2007 World Cup final, didn't make many changes to his successful team besides the addition of Ravi Bopara.

    But, to his detriment, he lost some crucial players owing to injury (Brett Lee, S Sreesanth) and some owing to international commitments.

    And that explains the haphazard start that Kings XI Punjab has had to the tournament. However, they have fought back with three straight wins.

    The return of a few players might change Moody's fortune. He did his job to perfection in the first edition and has so far used his limited resources to good effect.
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    Greg Shipperd (Delhi Daredevils)



    The Victoria Bush Rangers coach guided the Delhi side to the semi-finals of the inaugural edition, where the Virender Sehwag-led team lost to Shane Warne's Rajasthan Royals. And the Australian seemed quite upbeat about his team's chances before the second edition commenced in South Africa.
    "We have experienced international players in our side who have played all around the world and in all conditions," he was quoted as saying.

    "There is also a match-winner like AB de Villiers and his information about the home conditions will come in very handy for the team. We have the capability of matching our last year's performance and possibly go a couple of steps further."

    Shipperd's squad was bolstered by the addition of Englishmen Owais Shah and Paul Collingwood and his Victorian understudy, David Warner, who scored a swashbuckling 89 off 43 balls against South Africa on his international debut.

    They made a great start to the second edition, winning their opening three matches before coming up short against Rajasthan Royals in the fourth.
    More importantly, this early success was achieved with the reliable Glenn McGrath not making the final eleven (first four matches) and the failure of the famed opening combine of Gautam Gambhir and Sehwag.

    So, this Greg (Shipperd) has managed what the other Greg (Chappell) failed to -- convert a group of stars into a formidable team.
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    Stephen Fleming (Chennai Super Kings)



    Former South Africa captain Kepler Wessels coached Chennai Super Kings to the final in the inaugural season, where they came second best to Rajasthan Royals. But once his one-year tenure was over, he was surprisingly not given an extension and, bluntly put, sacked.

    Instead, in a surprising move, Chennai named Stephen Fleming as coach in last November.

    The former New Zealand captain had a disappointing campaign as a player in season one, scoring just 196 runs from 10 games at a strike-rate of 118.78, even failing to score a fifty.

    Moreover, he was unavailable for the semi-final and final after heading back home for the birth of his child.

    Chennai's start in the second edition, under Fleming, has been indifferent. And their most expensive buy, Andrew Flintoff ($ 1.3 million), failed miserably before pulling out with an injury.

    Fleming, without any prior coaching experience, has admitted he is learning with every passing game but could lose his job if his team doesn't get back to their winning habit soon.
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    Shaun Pollock (Mumbai Indians)



    Shaun Pollock affected the Mumbai Indians' turnaround last year. It was under his leadership that MI, after four straight defeats, scored their opening win.

    The South African scored 147 runs in eight innings at a strike-rate of 132.43 and took 11 wickets in 13 matches at an economy-rate of 6.54.
    He was never supposed to play in the second season. But ending months of speculation, Pollock announced that he will return albeit only as coach, rather 'mentor'.

    He signed a two-year contract to work as the team's mentor-cum-advisor and aid the support staff along with coach Lalchand Rajput.

    But Rajput stepped down for "personal" reasons, walking out of his three-year contract and leaving Pollock in charge.

    "I don't see myself as a coach," said Pollock, refusing to consider himself as a coach.

    "I just believe over the years I've experienced so many different approaches and methods in getting the best out of players and I think my role with the Mumbai Indians is an opportunity to pass on my skills and knowledge."
    He had the support of former teammate Jonty Rhodes (fielding coach) and Praveen Amre (assistant coach).

    And to give the trio credit where it is due, MI have started on a far better note than they did last year and are looking good to go the distance.
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    Ray Jennings (Bangalore Royal Challengers)



    Bangalore Royal Challengers, which finished seventh in the inaugural season, appointed Ray Jennings as their new coach towards the end of last year. A former South African coach, Jennings replaced Martin Crowe, who was the team's chief cricket officer in the first edition.

    Jennings, a former wicketkeeper, never got to play for his native country as his career spanned South Africa's isolation era, coached the national team for about six months (from October 2004 to May 2005) but was replaced by Mickey Arthur after his controversial and aggressive coaching methods didn't go down well with the players.

    With owner Vijay Mallya shelling out $ 1.3 million dollars for Kevin Pietersen, Bangalore looked set for a fresh innings.

    Jennings even defended the confrontational style that contributed to Pietersen's ouster as England captain in January this year.

    "I don't care a damn what happened with the England job," Jennings was quoted as saying. "Kevin and I are on the same wavelength -- that's all that matters."

    The South African began on a winning note -- Bangalore dismissing holders Rajasthan for just 58, a tournament low, to win convincingly. But four successive defeats followed and a last-gasp win over Kolkata hardly provided any succour.

    And with Pietersen, an expensive flop to put it mildly, leaving to join the England national team and a new captain yet to be decided, things aren't looking any better either.
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