Praising the BCCI’s decision to appoint Anil Kumble as the head coach of team India, star Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane has said that Kumble’s experience will take the Indian cricket forward.
“This will be my experience with Anil bhai (Anil Kumble). When I was with Mumbai Indians, he was not there (with MI), he came after the third year. A player like him becoming India’s coach is big and a good news for Indian cricket going forward,” he told reporters here.
Kumble will take charge of the Indian side at the preparatory camp ahead of the upcoming tour of the West Indies next month. Rahane, who has been appointed the vice-captain of the team for the upcoming tour, admitted that the camp will play an important role to gain some momentum. India will play four Tests during their tour of West Indies.
When asked about the tour, the right-hander said, “The pre-tournament camp is definitely of importance because as a team we are coming together after a long time. As you (reporter) said, it is long tour and right now focus is on the West Indies tour.
“This camp is of seven days, we will go there and play practice games. I believe it will be important to get the momentum for the first Test match and the practise games. So, as early as we adjust to those conditions and become mentally prepared, it will be good for us.”
When asked BCCI’s decision to play Ranji matches at neutral venues, the right-handed batsman said, “It is a good decision because players will have to think. They will get an idea about their game and mentally they will become tough.
“When you play home games, you know the advantage and make the wickets accordingly. On neutral venues, there is no control in our hand and that’s when the importance of the game will increase further. Players will become mentally strong and will be able to learn more about the game.”
Rahane, who was attending the 6th Convocation Ceremony of the International Institute of Sports Management (IISM) in South Mumbai, also commented on the importance of sports management. He said, “I believe, many aspire to play cricket and other sports, but it is not that all make their career in sports. So they can do sports management, can manage players, teams. This is a new career opportunity for children, if they are not able to make a career in cricket or other sports, they can go ahead in life through sports management.”