7. Bob Woolmer

Born in India in 1948, Bob Woolmer went on to coach South Africa and Pakistan after playing for England for a short span. As a coach, he was famous for his aggressive styles and is quite infamous for making the reverse shot more common. After becoming the coach of South Africa in 1994, he led the team to 10 test series victory out of the 15 series played under him. His success rate in ODIs was as high as 73%. He ultimately resigned from his role in 1999 following South Africa’s yet again choking performance in the ICC World Cup.


Later on, he became the coach of the Pakistan cricket team in 2004 after Javed Miandad was sacked. He shaped the team for three consecutive Test series win against England, India and Sri Lanka. However, Pakistan’s unexpected elimination from the ICC World Cup 2007 was followed by his mysterious death and the Jamaican jury recorded a verdict that there was no conclusive evidence of either a criminal act or natural causes.


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