The BCCI has revealed former Indian international Anil Kumble as the new head coach of the Indian cricket team. The 45-year-old beat former Team Director Ravi Shastri to the post, and his first big test at the helm will be India's tour to West Indies for the four-match Test series in July.
After the initial scrutiny last week, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had reduced the list of applicants for the post of Indian national team coach to 21 from 57. The interviews of the eligible candidates were done by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman along with former BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale on June 21 in Kolkata.
BCCI President Anurag Thakur announced the news on Thursday in a press conference at Dharamsala.
"He (Kumble) has been a match winner of India," board president Anurag Thakur said during the announcement, reported Cricbuzz. "It was not about
In his illustrious career, which spanned
However, the most memorable moment of his career arrived against Pakistan at the Feroz Shah Kotla, when he became the second bowler after Jim Laker to pick up 10 wickets in an innings. The unforgettable celebrations which followed that feat
The Bengaluru-born former cricketer does not have too much experience in cricket coaching, except mentoring teams like Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in the IPL. However, he does have a lot of experience in administration, having served as the President of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, and leading the ICC Cricket Committee. It will be interesting to see how he adapts to this new role of
Former Team Director Ravi Shastri, who was one of the frontrunners for the job, missed out at the end to Anil Kumble. Kumble has been given a one-year contract. The decision on batting and bowling coaches will be taken at a later date. Kumble is the first Indian to be appointed full-time India coach since Kapil Dev resigned in September 2000.
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