Team India is without any specialist full-time coach after Duncan Fletcher’s tenure. Though a lot of names have been speculated to be Team India’s head coach, but no name has been finalized as yet by the BCCI.
The board has recently advertised its requirement for the post of head coach and claimed to have received a total of 57 applications. On Wednesday, BCCI announced that list has been cut to 21. Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly and VVS Laxman has been given the task to identify head coach for team India.
The 57 applicants list includes some high-profile names including Ravi Shastri, Anil Kumble, Sandeep Patil, Robin Singh, Venkatesh Prasad, Lalchand Rajput, Pravin Amre and Hrishikesh Kanitkar amongst others.
Obviously, Anil Kumble seems to be apt choice for the post of team India’s coach, though with no formal experience but BCCI is tightlipped on it and not speaking much on team India’s future coach. However, BCCI has confirmed the announcement of India’s new head coach at the BCCI’s forthcoming working committee meeting in Dharamsala on June 25.
Anil Kumble’s Application Rouses Controversy!
India’s magical leg-spinner Anil Kumble’s name has surprised a lot of people. He is eyeing for the coaching post for the first time ever – he has no previous experience relating to it.
The question arises here is BCCI’s requirement for the post. The Board had clearly mentioned that candidate desires to become India’s head coach must have coached at the International or first class level. Yet, Anil Kumble applied for it with no formal experience in coaching cricketers at state or national levels.
Anil Kumble: Is He Best Choice for Team India’s Coach
The 45-year-old legendary leg-spinner needs no introduction. He is someone who is known for his fighting spirit. He is India’s highest test wicket taker with 619 wickets. Anil Kumble has been a mentor for RCB and Mumbai Indians as well. Last year, when Mumbai Indians won the IPL 8, a lot of credit went to Kumble for uniting the team spirit and getting best from each individual in pressure situation even when it seemed completely impossible.
He is the only bowler after Jim Laker to have taken all 10 wickets in a test match, his 10 for 74 against Pakistan in Delhi in 1999 is still afresh in our minds. He has played for team India for around two decades offering many impossible wins at home and away matches across formats – undoubtedly, a true match winner.
However, the highlight of Anil Kumble’s career is his polite behavior and non-controversial nature. He has never courted any serious controversy ever in his cricket career or personal life.