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‘Timing has got to be right,’ – Justin Langer opens up on India head coach job
By SMCS - May 19, 2024 10:11 am
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Lucknow Super Giants head coach Justin Langer answered questions about becoming India’s next men’s team head coach after reports came that he could apply. With Rahul Dravid’s tenure ending in June after the T20 World Cup, BCCI invited fresh applications for the head coach job as well.

Justin Langer
Justin Langer

“It would almost be the biggest job in cricket – being the head coach of the Indian cricket team,” Langer said after LSG’s final game of the season against MI on Friday (May 17). “One, because of the huge volume of cricket, the huge expectation. It would be a great challenge. It would be great fun and it would be a wonderful opportunity to win ICC titles.”

However, Justin Langer earlier coached Australia, under tough circumstances as he succeededreplacing Darren Lehmann in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal of 2018. He faced a home series defeat in Tests to India but his team bounced back to win an ODI series in India before reaching the semifinal of the ODI World Cup in 2019 and retaining the Ashes as well.

justin langer
Justin Langer

“But with all these things, the timing has got to be right. I did four or so years with the Australian cricket team. It is all encompassing. It is exhausting. Rahul Dravid will probably tell you the same thing and Ravi Shastri will probably tell you the same thing. The pressure on winning for the Indian team is massive,” he concluded.