The guiding lights
Here are the motivators, the real powers behind the shinning stars on the field, the driving forces behind all the action out there. Some of them have changed the way cricket is played.
<p><strong>John Marshall Buchanan</strong> (born April 5, 1953 in Queensland), the former Australian cricket coach, has been chosen as the coach of Kolkata team in the upcoming Indian Premier League.</p> <p>Following his retirement as Australia's cricket coach, Buchanan had declined an indirect approach to coach the Indian cricket team but accpeted to guide Shah Rukh Khan's Kolkata Knightriders.</p> <p>Under him, Australia reached new heights and emerged as the World Champions. His results speak for. At one stage his record was 15 wins from 15 games played.</p> <p>Buchanan has, along with Steve Waugh and current captain Ricky Ponting, led the side to numerous successes, including a world-record 16 consecutive Test match victories and 23 ODI victories in World Cup tournaments. Buchanan motivated a 2001 and 2002-03 Ashes domination, winning both series 4-1. Under him Australia won three consecutive World titles, the 2004 tour of India.</p> <p>In late 2006 he helped the team to their first ever ICC Champions Trophy victory, after four previously failed attempts and followed this with a 5-0 whitewash in the 2006-07 Ashes Series, the first since the 1920-21 Series. </p> <p>After stepping down as Australia's coach, he accepted a position as Ambassador for Cricket Coaches in Australia.</p>
<strong>Lalchand Sitaram Rajput</strong> (born December 18, 1961, Mumbai, Maharashtra) is a former Indian cricketer who played in two Tests and four ODIs from 1985 to 1987.<br /> <br /> Lalchand Rajput opened on the tour of Sri Lanka in 1985. Rajput batted well on his Test debut scoring 32 and 61. But after scores of 0 and 12 in the next Test he was replaced by Ravi Shastri and lost his place.<br /> <br /> In 2004, Lalchand Rajput, former India opener, secured the first rank with 83 per cent among coaches who passed the level three programme held at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in April.<br /> <br /> He was coach of Under-19 Indian Cricket Team during the tour of England.<br /> <br /> Rajput was appointed as the manager of the Indian cricket team for the Twenty20 World Championship 2007 held in South Africa.<br /> <br /> He continued as the manager and assistant coach of Team India for the recently concluded turbulent tour to Australia. His tenure with the Indian cricket team came to an end after Gary Kirsten took over as India coach.<br /> <br /> Rajput has however been rewarded for his show as he has been appointed as the coach for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
<div style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><strong>Shane Keith Warne</strong> (born 13 September 1969) is widely regarded as one of the finest leg spin bowlers in the history of cricket. He revived the dying art of leg-spin and made it lively with his variations.</div> <div style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"> </div> <div style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In 2000, he was selected by a panel of cricket experts as one of the five <em>Wisden Cricketers of the Century</em>, the only bowler selected in the quintet.</div> <div style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"> </div> <div style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Warne played his first Test match in 1992, and his 708 wickets was the record for the most wickets taken by any bowler in Test cricket, until it was broken by Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan on December 3, 2007. He took over 1000 international wickets (708 in Tests and 293 in One-Day Internationals)—he was the second bowler to reach this milestone after Muttiah Muralitharan. </div> <div style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"> </div> <div style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">A useful lower-order batsman, Warne also scored over 3000 Test runs. Warne also holds an interesting record for most Test runs without a century. </div> <div style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"> </div> <div style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Apart from his achievements, Warne aslo made headlines for wrong reasons, these included a ban from cricket for testing positive for a prohibited substance, passing match information to bookies, etc.</div> <div style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"> </div> <div style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">During the 2003 World Cup, he was tested positive of banned substances and was ousted from international cricket for 12 months. He returned in 2004, more lethal than ever and scalped 96 Test victims in a season. </div> <div style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"> </div> <div style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">He retired from international cricket in January 2007, at the end of Australia's 5-0 Ashes series victory over England.</div> <div style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"> </div> <div style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In March 2008, Warne signed to play in the Indian Premier League for the Jaipur team, Rajasthan Royals in the first edition of the tournament, where he will play the roles of both captain and coach. </div>
<p><strong>Thomas Masson Moody</strong> (born October 2, 1965, Adelaide) is a former Australian cricketer and former coach of the Sri Lankan cricket team.</p> <p>He played just eight Test matches for Australia between 1989 and 1992. He appeared in three World Cups and two finals - 1987 and 1999 - alongside Steve Waugh. This batting all-rounder was also very handy with his medium pace bowling.</p> <p>Since retirement in 2001, Moody has coached, been an Australian cricketer's representative and for several years held the post of director of cricket with Worcestershire.</p> <p>In May 2005, he was one of the contenders for the post of Indian coach but lost out to Greg Chappell. However, a few days later he was appointed as Sri Lanka coach. Under his tenure, Sri Lanka's performance improved. He also motivated the Lankans to the final of 2007 World Cup, which they lost to Australia. Few days after Sri Lanka's loss, he resigned from the post of coach of Sri Lankan Cricket Team.</p> <p>He has now been appointed as the coach of Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia's IPL team.<br /> </p>
<p><strong>Kepler Christoffel Wessels</strong> (born September 14, 1957 in Bloemfontein) was a South African cricketer who captained South Africa after playing 24 Tests for Australia. He was the first man to have played One-Day International cricket for two countries.</p> <p>He was a left-handed opening batsman but also useful as a right arm off spinner and medium pace bowler.</p> <p>He played first-class cricket for various teams. In South Africa, Wessels played for Orange Free State, Western Province, Northern Transvaal, Eastern Province and Griqualand West. In Australia he played for Queensland, and in England he played for Sussex.</p> <p>In his 109-match long ODI career, Wessels struck only one century and averaged 34.35. Though he scored at a slow pace, he had the reputation of being one of the best square-cutters in the world at that time. </p> <p>With apartheid being removed from South Africa in 1991, the International Cricket Council unanimously removed the ban against playing South Africa. As a result, South Africa could now play Test and One-day international cricket. Wessels made his Test debut for South Africa at the age of 34 in 1992. With experience of first-class games as well as of Tests, Kepler Wessels was appointed as South African captain. <br /> </p>
<p><strong>Bapu Krishnarao Venkatesh Prasad</strong> (born August 5, 1969 in Bangalore) made his debut for the Indian national team in 1996. Prasad, opened the Indian bowling with his Karnataka team-mate, Javagal Srinath.</p> <p>He bagged 96 wickets in 33 Tests and 196 wickets in 161 wickets. Due to his recurring injuries and inconsistency, he was dropped from the team after 2001 Test series in Sri Lanka. Prasad tried unsuccessfully to make a come back and finall hung his boots in May 2005. After his retirment he was made coach of the India Under-19 Cricket team that finished runners-up in the 2006 U-19 World Cup. </p> <p>After the disappointing performance of Team India in World Cup 2007, Prasad was appointed as the bowling coach of the team. He has now been enrolled as the coach of Vijay Mallya's IPL team, Royal Challengers.<br /> </p>
<p><strong>Robin Singh</strong> (born September 14, 1963, Trinidad and Tobago) though born in West Indies, flourished as a cricketer in India. Interestingly, he made his debut in One-Day Internationals against West Indies on March 11, 1989. However, he had to wait another seven years to secure a regular place in the team. </p> <p>After Kapil Dev, Robin Singh was known as India's genuine all-rounder. He batted in the middle-lower order. His medium-pace bowling and ground fielding skills, earned him the reputation of India's best fielder. </p> <p>He played 136 ODIs and scored over 3000 runs and claimed 69 wickets. Despite his all-round ability, he played just one Test. He was noted for his batting in the slog overs and that made him an integral part of the side that competed in the 1999 Cricket World Cup. </p> <p>After India's dismal performance in 2007 World Cup, Robin Singh was appointed as fielding coach of the Indian team. However, recently his services were called off by the BCCI. He has been appointed as the coach of Hyderbad team of the Indian Premier League.</p>
<p><strong>Greg Shipperd</strong> has now been appointed as the coach of IPL's Delhi Daredevils team. The former Australian player has not played a single international match but has a great first-class record.</p> <p>Greg Shipperd was a top-order batsman who appeared in the strong Western Australia team of the late 1970s and early 1980s before moving to Tasmania in 1988-89. After his playing days ended he became a respected coach, first at Tasmania and then Victoria. </p> <p>He had a great record at the domestic level with over 6800 runs in 112 first-class games. He was a member of the Western Australia side that won the Sheffield Shield in 1980-81 and in 1983-84. His highest score of 200 not out was made at the WACA for Tasmania.</p> <p>He is known for his tactical planning and a strong rapport with his players.<br /> </p>