The concept to bring a coach for the national side was started in the early 1990s. Since then there are many players who took over as the coach of the national side. Few of the coaches are Madan Lal, Anshuman Gaekwad, Kapil Dev, John Wright, Greg Chappell.
Kapil Dev was appointed the coach of the national side in the year 1999 succeeding Anshuman Gaekwad. Sachin Tendulkar was the incharge of the team at that time. India won the series against New Zealand at home winning both test and one day matches. But Indian team failed miserably in the tour of Australia in the year 1999-00.
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The team lost test match series 3-0 and failed to qualify for the finals of the triangular series. Indian team then lost to South Africa at home. This was India’s first series loss at home in the 12 years. Sachin Tendulkar resigned and Ganguly took over from him. India won the one day series 3-2 but that series was marred with match fixing allegations. Kapil Dev later resigned from the coach after Manoj Prabhakar alleged Kapil Dev for match fixing.
John Wright was the first foreign coach. His appointment was not taken well by the home players. John Wright remained coach for over 4 years and it was under him and Sourav Ganguly that India scaled new heights. The high points were the series win against Australia in home by 2-1.
India trailed 1-0 but the memorable test match at Eden Gardens, where VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid played magnificent innings brough India back in the series and superb bowling by Harbhajan Singh ensured victory for India. India then drew the series 1-1 in Down Under in the year 2003-04.It was under his reign that Indian team won the series against Pakistan in Pakistan. Indian team also reached finals of the 2003 world cup. Indian team lost to Australia at home in the year 2005 and drew the test series against Pakistan while loosing the one day series 2-4. In the May 2005 he was succeeded by Australian Greg Chappell.
As soon as Greg Chappell took over, the differences crept between the coach and captain Sourav Ganguly. India won the series in Zimbabwe but Ganguly alleged that Chappell asked him to step down. Later the drift widened and Sourav Ganguly was sacked ungracefully from the team.
There was protest all over the country. Rahul Dravid took captaincy from Ganguly and led Indian team to their first major test series victory in West Indies after the gap of 20 years. But the unorthodox style of coaching and too much tinkering in the Indian side saw Chappell being removed from the post after the debacle in the World Cup 2007.