World Cup 2023 – Meet the 10 Head Coaches

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In cricket, the head coaches are often overlooked, and the star players and captains get all the limelight. However, coaches have played their part and earned fame. Gary Kristen was India’s unsung hero when the ‘Men in Blue’ won the title in 2011, while Dav Whatmore will be forever remembered for steering Sri Lanka to the trophy in the 1996 edition.

World Cup 2023 Head Coaches

The World Cup 2023 head coaches include some familiar names in international cricket. Among the ten coaches, legendary Rahul Dravid, India’s head honcho, is the most popular name. Chris Silverwood and Gary Stead – head coaches of Sri Lanka and New Zealand, respectively – are two experienced coaches in the tournament.  

Here’s the list of head coaches in World Cup 2023:

  1. Rahul Dravid – India 
  2. Grant Bradburn – Pakistan
  3. Andrew McDonald – Australia
  4. Rob Walter – South Africa
  5. Matthew Mot – England
  6. Gary Stead – New Zealand
  7. Chris Silverwood – Sri Lanka
  8. Bangladesh – Chandika Hathurusingha
  9. Jonathan Trott – Afghanistan
  10. Netherlands – Ryan Cook

Rahul Dravid

Dravid, once a formidable batter for India known as the Wall, has played in three World Cups as a player. He even went on to captain India in 2007, which ended in a first-round exit. The legendary batter is now back at the World Cup as a coach. He needs to up his game since the team has recently shown frailties despite winning the Asia Cup.

Grant Bradburn (Pakistan)

Hailing from New Zealand, Bradburn was awarded the high-profile Pakistan head coach job in May 2023. It turned out that he survived five months and is now heading into the ODI World Cup. The 57-year-old has previously coached Scotland, and under him, the Scotts grabbed a historic win over England in an ODI in 2018.

Andrew McDonald (Australia)

McDonald had never played an ODI for Australia, yet he had mastered the art of white-ball coaching. It is why he became a bowling coach for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and was appointed Rajasthan Royals head coach in 2019. He was Australia’s assistant coach under Justin Langer. When Langer quit, he was named the head coach in 2022.

Rob Walter

Born in Johannesburg, Walter had plenty of experience before taking over the South African white-ball team in January 2023. He coached South Africa and New Zealand domestic teams, Titans and Central Districts. Walter also worked as the Proteas strength and conditioning coach between 2009 and 2013.

Matthew Mott (England)

Mott is an Australian, and his outstanding results with the Australian women’s cricket team landed him a job with the England white-ball team in May 2022. His coaching stint with Australia saw the team win two T20 World Cups and one ODI World Cup. Now, he has to defend the title in the men’s ODI World Cup, which is a different challenge altogether.

Gary Stead (New Zealand)

Stead, who played five Test matches for New Zealand, is a well-established coach. He took the Kiwi women’s team to the 2009 ODI and 2010 T20 World Cup finals. The former New Zealand international was handed the reins of Black Caps, with whom he managed runner-up finishes in the 2019 World Cup and 2021 T20 World Cup. Under him, the Kiwis won the World Test Championship, New Zealand’s first-ever ICC trophy.

Chris Silverwood (Sri Lanka)

Silverwood left his England coaching job after a disastrous Ashes and West Indies tour. He landed in Sri Lanka and led them to the Asia Cup title in 2022. However, under his tenure, the team has been inconsistent in all three formats. Silverwood has a tough challenge in India with key players missing for the Lankans in the World Cup.

Jonathan Trott (Afghanistan)

Once the middle-order mainstay for England, Trott played the 2011 ODI World Cup for England on these same pitches. It will be handy when he lands on Indian soil, this time as Afghanistan head coach. Trott is a perfect batting coach since he knows a trick or two about hanging in the middle.

Chandika Hathurusingha (Bangladesh)

Hailing from Sri Lanka, Hathurusingha was appointed Bangladesh’s head coach in January 2023. He served the Bangladesh cricket in the same role between 2014 and 2017. However, it would be challenging this time as the Bangladesh team is in a mess since two of their public icons are washing dirty linen in public – Tamim Iqbal, who was left out of the World Cup squad, and skipper Shakib Al Hasan.

Ryan Cook (Netherlands)

Born in South Africa, Cook was given the Netherlands head coach charge in May 2022, as his predecessor, Ryan Campbell, had a long recovery after a cardiac arrest in England during a family holiday. Cook comes with loads of coaching experience, like being the fielding coach with the South African national team and the assistant coach with BBL side Hobart Hurricanes. Moreover, he was also associated with Sunrisers Hyderabad, where he was the Hyderabad-based team’s fielding coach in the 2023 edition.

Concluding Thoughts

The head coaches hold the key for the respective teams in this ODI World Cup. The captains might be responsible for executing the strategy in the middle; however, the think tanks off the field will create it. Coaches have to take care of everything off the field, and this is a battle of nerves. They must prevail over their nerves to help their team succeed on and off the field.

Also read : India vs Pakistan World Cup History – ODI WC Cricket  Recaps

FAQs about Meet The10 Head Coaches in World Cup 2023

What is Rahul Dravid’s biggest achievement as India head coach?

Winning the Asia Cup 2023 is Rahul Dravid’s biggest achievement as team India head coach.

Who is Gary Stead?

Gary Stead is a former New Zealand cricketer who took New Zealand women’s and men’s cricket teams to the ODI and T20 World Cup finals. He is the head coach of the New Zealand men’s team in World Cup 2023.

Who is Australia’s Head Coach in the World Cup 2023?

Andrew McDonald is Australia’s head coach in the World Cup 2023