Former India captain Anil Kumble has came out in open and has revealed that he became the Indian Test captain only because none of the players are interested in doing the job.
“I became captain after playing 17 years for India so probably I became captain by default because nobody else wanted it. It was a transition period for Indian cricket when I was at the helm of affairs.” Kumble said.
He also added “Rahul Dravid had just given up the captaincy and at that time probably it was too early for MS Dhoni to step in as a Test captain and Sachin also did not want it, so they looked around and said, “Ok Anil is the only guy and let’s give it to him,” Kumble added.
“I also knew I am in the 17th year of my career and am not (going to be) playing for long so that was the transition I had to handle; a team of former captains and a future captain. My style of leadership was always inclusive as he involved the youngsters in decision-making. I enjoyed a comfort level with his colleagues.” he said on his captaincy
Kumble said it was tough being a bowler, specially in India.
“As a bowler you are not a hero, you are always backing a hero but you need 20 wickets to win a Test match. In India you pick teams based on pitches, so it’s the bowlers who get changed. If it is a turning pitch, a fast bowler can’t play, and if it is a green pitch, a spinner can’t play. So you expect the batsmen to get accustomed or adapt to any kind of pitch whereas you don’t expect bowlers to adapt to conditions.”
Kumble ended his career with 619 wickets in 132 Tests and 337 wickets in 271 ODIs during his 18-year career.