Virat Kohli will lead India in the Test series against West Indies in July © AFP
Virat Kohli will lead India in the Test series against West Indies in July © AFP

Virat Kohli on Thursday congratulated and welcomed India’s new head coach Anil Kumble on Twitter. The India Test Captain, who will be leading India in the Test series against West Indies starting July 21, said that he was looking forward to working with the former India spinner. Kohli, who has played alongside Kumble in the past in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) said that there were great things in store for Indian cricket now after his appointment. Kohli was not the only one who congratulated Kumble. Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan also wished him and hoped for a positive long season ahead. ALSO READ: Anil Kumble appointed Indian cricket team’s head coach



Meanwhile, former India batsman Virender Sehwag also said it was a brilliant move by the BCCI. Even legendary spinner Bishan Singh Bedi expressed his happiness over the appointment. “Kumble congrats Son!Well deserved honour!Am glad fr Indn Crkt-Gud job BCCI-wish Kumble was given 2/3 yrs ‘cos his precision demands that..,” he posted. ALSO READ: Anil Kumble first Indian coach since Kapil Dev in 1999-2000


Out of favour English batsman Kevin Pietersen wrote, ”Anil Kumble the new Indian coach. Wonderful news for a great man! Best wishes, buddy!”

With 619 Test scalps, the 45-year-old Kumble is the highest Indian and third highest after Muttiah Muratharan and Shane Warne in the all-time wicket-takers list.

Kumble, who spearheaded the Indian bowling attack for more than a decade, mentored Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and was also the chairman of the National Cricket Academy (NCA)and BCCI’s Technical Committee.

(With Inputs from IANS)