Indian limited-overs skipper MS Dhoni was of the opinion that the head coach of the Indian cricket team should understand the Indian culture and the upbringing of the players rather than possess knowledge of Hindi and other vernacular languages.
"English is not a big barrier for the new crop of Indian players, and there are also other players who can help their team-mates out with translation. One important thing is to find someone who can understand our culture," Dhoni was quoted as saying in a press meet ahead of the team's departure for Zimbabwe on Tuesday.
"More than Hindi and English, someone who can understand our culture, as well as the way we have been brought up, is someone who will be better with us.
"It has been true in the past as well, and the coaches who have understood us better have got better results," added the 2011 World Cup-winning skipper, who went on to add that the one problem that international coaches had with Indian cricket was their hectic schedule.
The BCCI put out an advertisement for the post of the head coach of the team, which has been lying vacant since Duncan Fletcher resigned in 2014. Among the requirements listed by the world's richest cricket board was a "desire" for a candidate with the ability to communicate in Hindi.
As of now, former India team director Ravi Shastri and former chief selector Sandeep Patil in the race. The current deadline for the application for the post stands at 10 June.
On being asked about the team composition, as well as the overall team strengths, Dhoni said that both the batting and the bowling departments looked good on paper, and that it was simply up to them to perform on the bigger stage.
India head to Zimbabwe for a limited-overs tour, where they will play three One-Day Internationals (ODI) and as many Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) from 11 to 22 June. The selectors decided to test their bench strength in the tour, with Dhoni being the only senior face in the side.