Anil Kumble will hope to take India to new heights during his tenure © Yogen Shah
Anil Kumble will hope to take India to new heights during his tenure © Yogen Shah

Anil Kumble has been appointed Indian cricket team’s head coach. Among the 57 applicants the Criccket Advisory Committee (CAC),  comprising of Indian batting legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman narrowed it down to a few and eventually it was Kumble, who got the nod. Kumble is India’s leading wicket-taker in Tests and One-Day Internationals (ODI). He has not had any prior experience of being a coach, but he was the mentor of Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for a couple of seasons. Kumble’s first assignment will be to lead India in the upcoming tour of West Indies in July.

India had appointed Sanjay Bangar as their interim coach for the tour of Zimbabwe. India went in with a second string side and came out with flying colours as they won the ODI and the T20I series. All the regular players, barring MS Dhoni were rested for this tour.

It will be interesting to see, who will be part of Kumble’s support staff, like batting and bowling coach. Kumble was also the President of Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) for three years. His former teammates like Rahul Dravid and Javagal Srinath were also members.

 

 

 

India have been without a head coach since the time Duncan Fletcher vacated the spot following India’s exit from the ICC World Cup 2015. It was Ravi Shastri, who was in charge of India’s day-to-day affairs till then. Shastri was also in contention to become head coach, but it is Kumble, who eventually gets the nod.