India’s newly appointed head coach Anil Kumble will double up his role as head coach with bowling coach for team India on the West Indies tour. Kumble has not chosen any high profile support staff. Sanjay Bangar has chosen as batting coach and Abhay Sharma as fielding coach.
Bangar and Sharma, who were appointed as interim Indian coach for the Zimbabwe tour, will continue as full-time batting and fielding coach for the West Indies tour.
No separate bowling coach appointed for the tour as India’s head coach is himself a legendary bowler.
Kumble’s expertise will help Indian leg-spinner Amit Mishra and lead spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to be better spinners, especially Ashwin will be the beneficiary of Kumble’s expertise.
“This is the arrangement we would have for the West Indies tour. For the long home season ahead, a decision will be taken later,” confirmed a BCCI source.
Bangar and Sharma will also feel confident as they found a gritty successful cricketer alongside them.
Bangar is the only survivor of the support staff team that worked under team director Ravi Shastri.
With Kumble get one year term and the support staffs got an extension after one tour, it is clear that the BCCI is still looking right support staffs.
Abhay Sharma has never played for India, he was a regular Delhi wicketkeeper played in Ranji tournaments while Bangar has played under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly for India. He has played 12 ODIs and 15 Test matches for India. In Ranji, he played for Railways.
Anil Kumble was an integral part India’s bowling department. He has taken 337 ODI and 619 wickets.
However, Kumble’s appointment made Ravi Shastri unhappy as Cricket Advisory Committee member Sourav Ganguly was not even present to interview the former left-arm spinner.