BCCI recently advertised for the position of India's coach, with that ad saying that it would be an added advantage if the person knows how to communicate in Hindi and/or other regional languages.
MS Dhoni, though, feels that language is not a big barrier in the team. When a player is unable to understand certain things that the coach is saying, then other players in the side can come forward and explain it to the player in Hindi or the language the player is comfortable in.
"If you see the kind of players coming in, English, I don't think, is a big barrier. The other players in the team take the initiative, too. If someone doesn't understand something, they ask 'What does this mean?' I feel it [knowledge of Hindi] can be [one of the] criteria, but it can't be the only criteria," Dhoni was quoted as saying by Cricinfo.
Dhoni also stated that more than the language issue, the new coach of India has to understand the culture and upbringing of the team. Once this is sorted, it becomes easier for the team to gel well with the coach.
"More than Hindi or English, one who understands our culture and our upbringing, the one who understands these sort of things, he will always be better with us. In the past, too, these things have been important, and the coaches who have understood us better, it has made a difference at the ground level," Dhoni added.
BCCI have appointed Sanjay Bangar as the interim coach of India for their tour of Zimbabwe. India are supposed to get a new coach ahead of their tour of West Indies in July-August. Bangar was the batting coach of India for quite some time, but his contract expired along with Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar after the ICC World T20 2016.
However, Bangar will work well with MS Dhoni's side during the this tour of Zimbabwe as he he has been a part of the team for a while.
Dhoni will be leading a young side during the tour of Zimbabwe, with some of the hopefuls keen to make an impression.