Today john wright birthday is. Yes, John Ride had a successful cricket career for New Zealand but Indian cricket fans remember him as a coach. Born on 5 July 1954, Ride was the first foreign coach of the Indian cricket team.
His pairing with the then captain Sourav Ganguly was very famous. He was the coach of the Indian team from 2000 to 2005. Ganguly and Wright together started the work of changing Indian cricket. The Indian cricket we see today was said to have started with the pairing of Ganguly and Wright. Before becoming India’s coach, John Wright worked in the sales department but he did not get much success in that.
also wrote books
Wright also wrote two books. Christmas in Rarotonga in 1990 and Indian Summer in 2006. In Indian Summer, he has talked about his experiences with the Indian team as a coach.
First win in 48 Tests against England
Left-handed batsman John Wright had all the shots in the book of cricket. However, on most occasions, he avoided playing those shots. Wright, who made his debut in 1978, was an important part of New Zealand’s Test team. He scored 55 runs in his first innings at Wellington in 1977–78 but batted for nearly six hours. Thanks to his innings, the Kiwi team won over England. This victory was very important for New Zealand as it was their first win against England in the 48th match.
three century miss
Wright scored 12 centuries in Test cricket. Out of these 9 matches were drawn. He was also a bit unlucky in terms of century. Twice he got out on 99 and once on 98.
Great connection with Team India
Before becoming India’s coach, he was very fond of Indian bowling. Against India, he scored 804 runs in nine Tests at an average of 61.84. This included three centuries and three half-centuries. He was the coach of the Indian team for almost five years. After this he was also the coach of New Zealand but this journey did not last long. In his journey, New Zealand achieved a historic victory against Australia in Hobart. Apart from this, in the World Cup 2011, the Kiwi team traveled to the semi-finals.
Bring Bumrah to Mumbai Indians
Wright joined Mumbai Indians in the IPL. During the talent hunt, he saw Jasprit Bumrah bowling and brought him in his team.
more than 5000 test runs
Talking about his career, this left-handed batsman played 82 Tests and 149 ODIs for New Zealand. He scored 5334 runs in Test matches and 3891 runs in ODIs.
In 1980, John Wright became the second player in the history of cricket to score 8 runs in a ball, he scored four runs and the rest of the runs came from overthrow.