It is a great time for the Indian cricket fraternity after it was revealed that one of the most successful players in the Indian history of the sport will now lead the team as the head coach.
Anil Kumble, arguably the best wrist spinner in the world alongside Shane Warne was appointed as the head coach for the Indian national team for a term of one year and will start his work with the squad ahead of the tour to West Indies next month.
The whole social media heaped praises on the BCCI and the Advisory Committee for their decision but it is now understood that the 45-year old was not the first choice for the role in the national team.
Speaking to NDTV after the revealing the new coach, Anurag Thakur, the President of the BCCI revealed that former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid was the first choice of the panel.
“I requested Rahul Dravid to coach the Indian team. He didn’t say no, but said that he will work for the junior team,” he revealed yesterday.
The Cricket Advisory Committee consisting of the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Saurav Ganguly decided to give the post to Kumble after the ‘The Wall’ revealed this desire to stay with the junior team for a longer time.
Thakur went on to explain why Dravid rejected the job and that he made the work of the committee a lot easier.
“That is the good thing about Dravid. He didn’t go for the senior team post, big money and all. He wanted to work for the junior cricketers and not the senior team,” he added.
Rahul Dravid is justified in his own way as he almost took his team to a World Cup victory in the first time of asking in Bangladesh earlier this year.
And it is good to see that the Karnataka batsman is sticking to his job of developing the youth and is not really looking to make himself a name, a character that made him one of the greatest batsmen in the world of cricket.
With Anil Kumble at the head of the senior side and Dravid at the helm of the junior side, the future of Indian cricket is well preserved.