Cricket is a sport that requires talent and skills from its players. With great practice and consistence efforts, some of the players go on to become the greatest cricketers. However, without a teacher and a guide no cricketer can achieve the heights of glory in cricket. This is where the cricket coach comes in. They are an important part of a team while preparing the cricketers for big challenges. So today, we are looking down at the list of the Top 10 Best Cricket Coaches in the World.
Top 10 Best Cricket Coaches in the World [ 2023 Updates]
From Gary Stead to Lance Klusener many former cricketers nowadays provide coaching to the different cricket team in the world. They with their great cricket experience guide and train their cricketers for the victory. With their great attention and company players become stars in the game of cricket. Below is the list of Top 10 Best Cricket Coaches in the World.
1. Gary Stead [ New Zealand Cricket Coach]
New Zealand Cricket Coach Gary Stead takes the top spot on our list. He is a former Kiwi cricketer who played first class cricket and five tests for New Zealand in 1999. In his short career span, he was never dismissed in single figures and ended his test career with a good average of 34.75. In 2018, Gary Stead was appointed the Head Coach of New Zealand’s Men Cricket team.
Earlier, he coached New Zealand’s Women’s Cricket team. Under his coaching, New Zealand qualified for their 2nd ICC Cricket World cup final. Unfortunately, they lost the final against England after leveling up the score in the Super Over. England was declared winners in the final as per the ICC match’s official decision.
Nevertheless, the New Zealand cricket team has risen to the heights of glory under the coaching of Gary Stead. First, they claimed the first-ever title of the World Test Championship in 2021. Secondly, they top the ICC Team rankings in Test and ODIs. Last but not the least, New Zealand is also in 3rd position in the ICC T20 Team rankings.
It seems Gary has been doing a fantastic job as a Cricket Coach for New Zealand. Therefore, he surely deserves the first spot on our list of Best Cricket Coaches in the World.
2. Ravi Shastri [ Indian Cricket Coach]
Indian Head Coach for Men’s National Cricket Team Ravi Shastri earns the 2nd spot on our list. He is the former Indian Cricketer who equaled the record of Sir Gary Sobers for hitting six sixes in an over of First Class Cricket. During his International Cricket career, he played 80 Tests and 150 ODIs. In the course, he scored around about 7,000 runs in both formats and hit 15 hundred.
Shastri was an excellent all-rounder during his career and took 151 tests and 129 ODI wickets. His International cricket career marks 2 tests and one ODI fifer as well. In the World Championship of Cricket 1985 in Australia, he scored the fifties in the last three matches. He was declared Man of the Series for his 182 runs and 8 wickets and won an Audi 100 by the Prime Minister of India.
Ravi Shastri was appointed Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team in 2017. He coached India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Though the team did not do well in the tournament, he was given an extension for 45 days and later reappointed till the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.
Under Shastri’s Coaching India qualified for the first-ever World Test Championship final. However, they lost it against New Zealand. Now, India is ranked 2nd in ICC Test and T20 Team Rankings. Whereas, they hold the 4th position on ICC ODI Team Rankings.
3. Justin Langer [ Australian Cricket Coach]
Next, we have Australian Cricket Coach Justin Langer joining our list at the 3rd spot. He is a former Australian Cricketer who played International cricket for Australia from 1996 to 2002. He was a left-handed batsman during his career who is well known for his opening partnerships with Mathew Haiden. Moreover, Langer is also considered one of the best openers in the mid-2000s.
Justin Langer played 105 tests and 8 ODIs for Australia during his career. He struck 76,96 tests and 160 ODI runs in the course. He accounts for 23 hundred and 30 half-centuries with a top score of 250 in test format. Langer owns the record for most runs by an Australian in first Class Cricket.
In 2018, he became the Coach for the Australian National Cricket team. Under his coaching, Australia reached the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 but unfortunately could not make it into the finals. Whereas, the Kangaroos finished 3rd in ICC World Test Championship 2019-21.
As of now, Australia stands 3rd on ICC Team rankings in Test and ODIs. Whereas, they hold the 5th spot on the ICC T20 Team rankings for Men. With T20 World Cup coming near us, Justin Langer will coach the England team in the tournament.
4. Chris Silverwood [ England Cricket Coach]
England Cricket Coach Chris Silverwood enters our list at the 4th place. He is a former Cricketer from England who represented his nation in International Cricket from 1996 to 2002. Apart from it, Silverwood also played domestic cricket for Yorkshire, Middlesex, and Mashonaland Eagles. During his international career, he participated in 6 tests and 7 ODIs for England. He owns 11 wickets with the best bowling figures of 5/91 in the test format.
Chris mostly played domestic country for his native county Yorkshire. He won the County Championship with the club in 2001. Former England Bowling Coach Bob Cotton said about him that” he was faster than Allan Donald, and he possessed a lively out swinger and hostile bouncer when the conditions suited”.
Known for his stamina and ability to maintain his pace, he then played for Middlesex from 2006 to 2009. He had a good first season and took 63 wickets. However, he left the club due to injuries in 2009. He owns 577 First Class wickets in 184 matches with an average of 27. 41. His best bowling figures in First Class cricket are 7 for 93.
Chris Silverwood joined the England Cricket team as a bowling coach in 2018. With his coaching, England knockout out opponent teams in the bowling department and became world champions for the first time. He became the head coach for England in October 2019.
5. Misbahul Haq [ Pakistan Cricket Coach]
Pakistan’s Head Coach Misbahul Haq enters our list at the 5th spot. He is a former Pakistani cricketer who played International cricket from 2001 to 2007. During his period Misbah was a right-handed batsman and captained Pakistan in all three formats. Apart from it, he also played domestic and League Cricket from 1998 to 2019.
Misbah ul Haq is known for his skills with the bat and the ability to become aggressive in times of need. He owns the record for the fastest Test century and the most runs in ODIs without a century in cricket. Not only this, but he also holds more than 10,000 runs in International Cricket with 10 centuries and 81 half-centuries.
Named in the ICC Team of the Tournament by Cricinfo for the 2007 T20I World Cup, Misbah fell short of a six on the final ball to claim the inaugural title for Pakistan against arch-rival India. However, he is the most successful captain for Pakistan in Test with 26 wins surpassing Imran Khan.
Misbah became the Wisden Cricketer of the year in 2017. He was appointed Head Coach for Pakistan in 2019 for a three-year term. Under his Coaching, Pakistan stands 4th on ICC T20 Team Rankings. Whereas, they have 5th and 6th Positions in Tests and ODIs respectively.
6. Mark Boucher [ South African Cricket Coach]
Regarded as the greatest wicket-keeper of all time, South African Cricket Coach Mark Boucher grabs the 6th spot on our countdown. The Former South African wicket-keeper holds the record for most dismissals in tests with his 532 catches and 23 stumpings. Mark Boucher played International Cricket for South Africa from 1997 to 2012. He participated in 147 tests and 295 ODIs and collected more than 10,000 runs six hundred in International Cricket.
Apart from it, Mark Boucher also played domestic and League Cricket for Border, Warriors, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Kolkata Knight Riders. Not only this, he owns the record for most dismissals in International cricket (combining all three formats).
He became the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2009. In 2019, he was appointed the Head Coach for South African Cricket Team. With many South African cricketers leaving National cricket to play T20 Leagues, he is currently working on emerging youngsters to train them for an upcoming mega tournament of the T20 World Cup.
7. Phil Simmons [ West Indies Cricket Coach]
Former Trinidadian cricketer Phil Simmons now coaches the West Indies Cricket team. He joins our list at the 7th spot. Phil participated in International Cricket for West Indies from 1987 to 1999. He played 26 tests and 143 ODIs for West Indies. His International Cricket career marks 4500+ runs and 6 hundred. Moreover, he also took 87 wickets in the course as an all-rounder.
In December 1992, Phil Simmons bowled the most economical over in the history of ODI cricket (completing a 10-over spell. In the match against Pakistan, he recorded 4 wickets for the cost of 3 runs with 8 maidens.
After retirement, he became the Head Coach for Zimbabwe Cricket Team. In 2007, he coached Ireland Cricket Team after the inaugural T20 World Cup. Under his guidance, Ireland defeated Pakistan, Bangladesh, England, West Indies, and Zimbabwe in ICC Cricket and T20 World Cups.
Phil Simmons was appointed West Indies Cricket Coach in 2015. He led West Indies to their second T20 World Cup title against India. Simmons also coached Afghanistan Cricket Team in 2017. Then again he became West Indies Head Coach in 2019.
8. Mickey Arthur [ Sri Lankan Head Coach]
Next, we have a former South African Domestic Cricketer “Mickey Arthur” who makes up the 8th spot in our list. He played First Class and domestic cricket from 1986 to 2001. Mickey remained a right-handed batsman during his time and he scored 6657 first-class runs with 21 hundred.
Arthur started his Coaching career with his domestic team Griqualand West cricket team. He then became Coach for Cape Town in 2003. His International Coaching Career began with his national Team in South Africa in 2005. The Proteas defeated India, Pakistan, West Indies, New Zealand, England, and Bangladesh at home and away.
Mickey Arthur was the first South African Coach to lead the team to a test Win in Australia. In 2013, Cricket Australia made him their Head Coach. He also provided coaching Karachi Kings in PSL 2016 and Dhaka Dynamites in BPL 2015 season.
Pakistan Cricket Team rose to glory under the coaching of Mickey Arthur in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 when they defeated arch-rival India in the final. He also guided Pakistan to become No1 T20 team. The Green Shirts also won a tri-nation series against Australia and Zimbabwe under his command.
Since February 2020, Mickey Arthur is coaching Sri Lanka in all formats.
9. Lance Klusener [ Afghanistan Cricket Coach]
Former South African Cricketer Lane Klusener earns the 9th spot on our list. He is currently coaching the Afghanistan Cricket team. Known for his aggressive batting and fast-medium swing bowling, Klusener played International Cricket for South Africa from 1996 to 2004. He participated in 49 tests and 171 ODIs matches. During his career ance Klusener Scored 5,000 plus runs in International cricket and made 6 hundred.
He was an effective bowler as well and he took more than 250 wickets in his International career. Klusener also recorded six five-wicket hauls in an ODI and one fifer in tests. During his career, he was feared for his hitting and he was voted for Man of the Tournament in the ICC Cricket World Cup 1999. Whereas, he received the Wisden Cricketer of the Year Award in 2000.
After retirement, he offered Level 3 Coaching to the Indian Cricket League. In 2016, he coached the Zimbabwe Cricket team. However, he became the Afghanistan Cricket Head Coach in 2019.
10. Russell Domingo [ Bangladesh Head Coach]
Finally, South African Coach Russell Domingo makes the final spot on our list. Born on 30 August 1974 in Port Elizabeth, He initially played domestic cricket for Eastern Province. However, soon he got his Coaching qualification at the age of 22 and by the age of 25 he was hired as the Youth Coach for Eastern Province.
In 2004, he was appointed as Under 19 Coach for Bangladesh for Under-19 World Cup 2004. Moreover, he also coached the Warriors in the Champions League Twenty20 2011. In 2010, He also coached South Africa A team for the Bangladesh tour.
Domingo was announced as National Coach for South Africa and he guided his team into the semifinals of the T20 World Cup 2014 and Cricket World Cup 2014. However, he became Bangladesh’s Head Coach in August 2019 after Cricket World Cup 2019.
So, here is our list. Who do you think should be on our list? Let us know in the comments.