What is Brendon McCullum’s coaching style?

India star Dinesh Karthik has applauded the appointment of former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum as head coach of the England men’s Test team.

Karthik teamed up with McCullum during their time together in the IPL with the Kolkata Knight Riders – McCullum and Karthik were the franchise’s coach and captain, respectively, in the 2019 season. Karthik expects McCullum to bring a positive attitude to the England test team.

“The one thing I can tell you in the tremendous amount of time I spent with him is that there are no negative bones in his body,” Karthik said on the ICC review. “He’s someone who wants to do everything in a positive way.

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“So it’s going to be very interesting when Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum meet and find out what the positive way for English cricket to do things is.

“Because there will be times when they obviously face tough wickets and the batters sometimes have to find a way between what’s positive and what’s reckless. I think it’s going to be a very interesting battle for them. “

McCullum is still an inexperienced coach on the international circuit, and Karthik thinks he will have to adapt to this role. “I think there will be some things that will definitely be new for Brendon McCullum,” he said.

“There’s no doubt about it. Even though he’s done his share of coaching for the Knight Riders of Kolkata and for the Knight Riders of Trinbago, I think red ball cricket is a joke. completely different.”

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The England men’s team went through a tough time – they lost the Ashes 4-0 in Australia, then also suffered a series defeat in the West Indies, prompting Joe Root to step down as captain.

McCullum was appointed head coach of KKR in August 2019, Dinesh Karthik was the skipper at the time.

“I think McCullum wants to take on this challenge because he sees this as a major challenge,” Karthik said. “A team that obviously haven’t done very well in the last couple of years. A bit in the dumps but to try to resuscitate and try to take them to the top of test cricket, that’s what they aim to To do.

During his time as New Zealand captain, McCullum was widely credited with improving the team’s culture. This led to improved results, culminating in some famous wins.

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Asked about the culture McCullum would instill in the team, Karthik felt the atmosphere around the team would be “relaxed”. “It will be a very relaxed dressing room. I have seen that he is someone who focuses a lot on playing many sports off the pitch and also having fun off the pitch.

“He puts a lot of emphasis on it like a young kid who likes to play all possible sports and also gets very physical. He’s a very strong man, there’s no doubt about it. Sometimes even too strong for today’s cricketers. It will be a very relaxed dressing room, a very chill dressing room.

“It will be very interesting to see how the youngsters can draw energy from this and make sure they do all they can to push English cricket forward.”

McCullum has a job to do, especially with plenty of white ball tournaments to come, including the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year and the Cricket World Cup next year. In such a case, managing the workload of players playing both formats could pose a tricky situation for McCullum.

Asked what would be McCullum’s first priority as head coach, Karthik said: “I think to find out how high a priority it is for ECB to play red ball cricket.

“The English cricket team has a few players who overlap between white ball cricket and red ball cricket and it can be difficult to play both formats throughout the summer. So sometimes you have to give up a format for a while so you can focus on a major tournament or a test series that is coming up.

“So the priority on which player and how many good players is he going to play in Test cricket is something he has to work out with the administrators.”