Be it taking ten scalps in an innings or bowling with a broken jaw. Be it leading your side on foreign soil or scoring a century when the team required. Yes, Anil Kumble is the jumbo of Indian Cricket history who is now set to start a new innings in cricket as the head coach of the Indian Cricket Team.
An elite panel comprising of India’s great cricketers such as Ganguly, Tendulkar and Laxman came up with the final decision of making Anil Kumble the new head coach of Indian cricket team out of the 57 applications that were received by the B.C.C.I. for the very same post.
Following are the points that how Kumble’s appointment would be a boost up for the national side:
- Amount of experience
The amount of experience that Kumble possesses in cricket is humongous. With over 600 wickets in 132 Test matches, Kumble is one of the finest leg spinners that the country has ever produced. He is an idol, an inspiration to many youngsters who plan to cement their positions in this competitive Indian side. With this experience of playing on both Indian and foreign soil, Kumble would certainly be a valuable asset to this Indian side.
- Being Indian
Having a coach of the same nation is always an advantage. Ever since Kapil Dev resigned from the post of the head coach in the year of 2000, Indian side has never had an Indian head coach. Hence, his appointment might have raised some eyebrows but still gives an advantage to the side.
- A true gentleman
Cricket is a gentlemen’s game and Kumble is no exception. He had an amazingly flawless career as a player and was always there to lift the morale of the team and exhibit proper sportsmanship with the opponent teams. Thus, a coach with such traits always helps in improvising the dressing room atmosphere with a positive and healthy environment among the members.
- Power to the bowling line up
With that much experience of playing all across the globe, Kumble would certainly be efficient in coming up with a lethal bowling attack in all sorts of situations and playing conditions. As bowling has always been India’s concern whenever playing on fast pitches, Kumble’s experience would ensure that the bowlers are ready for their job.
- Role as a mentor
Kumble has been working as a team mentor in IPL for the Bengaluru and Mumbai franchises, he was also the part of the Mumbai Indians when the last lifted the IPL trophy. Hence, his mentoring skills are thus efficient which would be helping the out of form players in the squad.
Kumble’s first acid test would be in the fields of the Caribbean in the upcoming test series with the West Indies. Followed by the Champions Trophy in 2017 where the defending champions would look forward to defend their crown on the British soil.
With the expectations of billion fans and the B.C.C.I. it thus becomes very interesting to see how Anil Kumble’s one-year long tenure as the head coach turns out to be.
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