Glenn McGrath praised Anil Kumble and also called him a fighter    AFP
Glenn McGrath praised Anil Kumble and also called him a fighter AFP

Australian legend Glenn McGrath has given his backing to Anil Kumble to succeed as India’s coach. McGrath is currently in India as part of his regular coaching camp, being the director of MRF Pace Foundation. A veteran of 124 Tests, and 250 ODIs, McGrath came across Kumble many times during their respective careers. Kumble was appointed as India’s head coach on June 23, fending off competition from the likes of Ravi Shastri and Tom Moody. His first assignment will be a trip to Caribbean, where India play West Indies in a four-match Test series. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies, 1st Test match

Speaking about the appointment of Kumble as India’s head coach, cricbuzz quoted McGrath as saying, “I think it’s a great move. I have always believed bowlers are the smartest ones (laughs). Whether you are batsman or a bowler, you have to be a good man-manager.”

“I think Anil has been there for a long time in the game, and I am sure he would do a very good job as coach of the Indian team. I haven’t seen him as a coach, but as a player Anil was a fighter who wouldn’t give an inch, and he would take the same attitude into his coaching as well.” ALSO READ: Love Kohli’s aggression, I was no different: Kumble

McGrath also spoke about the issues faced by the current Australian team in abroad conditions. “It’s an issue not just for the Australian team, but for a lot of other teams as well. They play well in their home conditions and not so when they travel abroad.”

“When England go to Australia, they get belted and the same happens when we go to England. Touring and being able to play in different conditions have been an issue for Australian side, but I am sure we should be able to make amends starting from the series against Sri Lanka.”

He also gave his views on the much talked about pink ball and day-night Tests. “I think they have got some work to do to get things right (and bring parity between bat and ball). Last year, the day & night Test match in Adelaide was a success.”

“But, they have a few issues to iron out which I am sure will be done so in due course. I feel the concept of day & night Tests is really good as it will bring in the crowds. We have got to keep Test cricket going as players across the world look to play the oldest format of the game for their respective countries.”