A day after appointing Anil Kumble as India’s next coach, the top brass of BCCI has started to chalk out who will be the support staff to help Kumble in the quest to climb back to the top ranking in Tests.
Some reports are suggesting Ravi Shastri’s departure as the team director could also decide the end of the road for two of his three most trusted assistants. There is a possibility that batting coach Sanjay Bangar and bowling coach B. Arun could be scrapped from the support staff team. R. Sridhar, the fielding coach, has a good chance of retaining his place.
The BCCI hierarchy is believed to have already held a preliminary discussion regarding the coaching staff with Kumble. Based on that meeting and the important feedback from the players, the board might announce the names ahead of the Indian team’s preparation camp in Bengaluru starting from June 29.
As for the batting coach role, the BCCI reportedly have already shortlisted Praveen Amre and Vikram Rathour.
Amre seems to have a slight advantage considering the fact that during his interview, he made two separate presentations: one from the head coach perspective and the other one how to take India’s batting department forward.
According to latest reports, BCCI is not that interested in appointing a bowling coach right now. With India’s most of the assignments set to be at home, there is a feeling that Kumble, being an accomplished leg-spinner himself, wouldn’t want a pace-bowling coach as an assistant. If he by any chance presses for one, former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond — now involved with Mumbai Indians — will be approached.
The other contender in the fray is Abhay Sharma, the former Railways captain-coach.
Anil Kumble has always been an institution with his hard work, work ethic, and diligence. His ‘never back down’ like outstanding ability marked him out from the other Indian cricketers. Whenever the team looked for someone who has stumbled, got up and achieved great feats and then taught the same to the youngsters, then Kumble has to be your man and BCCI thinks Kumble steer the Indian team sound and safe without any bowling coach at least for the time being.
In the coming days when the Test squad will feature some uncertain inexperienced youngsters and an over the top skipper like Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble looks to be the balm which will soothe the nerves.
Kumble still enjoys the stature and the position in Indian cricket to persuade a young team to learn the basics from him. He has always been there and done that. To be frank, he had to encounter more failures than successes, so he has the credibility to understand the mindset of an average young Indian cricketer.