John Wright Biography
His dour temperament and near-impregnable defence made John Wright one of the most reliable New Zealand batsmen, though his limited strokeplay meant he was overshadowed by Martin Crowe for a decade.
Wright was the first New Zealand batsman to score 4,000 Test runs, and scored Test hundreds against every opposition (barring South Africa and Zimbabwe, who he never played against). Unfortunately, only two of his 12 hundreds came away from home.
He also led New Zealand to three Test victories (including one on Indian soil) and played crucial roles in each of them. His career-best of 185 came when he led his side to victory against India at Christchurch. He also scored 117 not out, again as captain, as New Zealand chased down 181 against Australia at Wellington in 1989-90 to win the one-off Test series.
Following retirement Wright went into coaching, starting with Kent before taking up the unenviable job of being the first foreign coach of India. His partnership with Sourav Ganguly, the then Indian captain, put India on the way to ascent in the early 2000s and taking them to World Cup final 2003. He also coached the ICC World XI during the Super Series against Australia in 2005.
He also coached New Zealand when they made it to the semifinal in World Cup 2011 and during their first Test win against Australia after 18 years. Incidentally, their last win against Australia before the Test was also Wright’s last.