The legendary Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble, who also played the Head Coach role of the Indian national cricket team between June 2016 and June 2017, recently revealed how he applied for the Head Coach post for the Indian team.
After retiring from the game, Anil Kumble first experienced the mentor of the IPL teams Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI).
In mid-2016, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was searching for a Head Coach of the men’s national cricket team. To take a decision on it, Kumble discussed with his family members, where his wife and older child encouraged him to apply for the Indian Head Coach post. As his family members supported him, Kumble decided to take up that role when he was selected.
Kumble told Pommie Mbangwa on Instagram Live, “When I returned, I saw an ad calling for the coach for the Indian team. I then sort of asked around the family, I asked my wife what she thought. She said ‘yeah, give it a go.
“I said ‘see it means back to playing days, probably worse off because you tend to travel a lot more’. She said ‘it’s okay’. The kids are young, these 2 are young, the older one, probably, she is on her own. She said ‘it’s fine, you carry on. Apply, there is no harm in applying’. I got that job. It was because the sort of comfort I had with my family and kids; I took it up.”
I was very happy that I took up India coach role: Anil Kumble
Kumble claimed that he enjoyed the one-year coaching for the Indian team and also mentioned that the team was fantastic.
Kumble said, “I was very happy that I took up that role [India coach]. It was great, the one year I spent with the Indian team was really fantastic. Having been with great performers and again being a part of the Indian dressing room is a great feeling.”
The Indian team was highly successful during Kumble’s coaching tenure, both at home and away. Some of their notable successes were winning all the home international series against England in 2016/17 season, winning the home Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2016/17 season, finishing as the runners-up in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England etc.
Due to the differences with the Indian captain Virat Kohli, Kumble was stepped down from the Head Coach role after the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Kumble added, “We did really well in that one-year period. I was really happy that there were some contributions made and there are no regrets. I was happy moving on from there as well. I know the end could have been better but then that’s fine. As a coach, you realise, when it’s time to move on, it’s the coach who needs to move on. I was really happy I played a significant role in that one year.”
At present, Anil Kumble is Head Coach and the Director of Cricket Operations for the IPL team Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).