Anil Kumble set to be the new Indian coach: Sources

Sudipta / 22 June 2016

India’s highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, Anil Kumble, is all set to be appointed as team India’s new coach barring any last-minute shocker, as per sources.

The Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising of Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, and Sachin Tendulkar, is impressed by legendary Indian spinner Anil Kumble who is also a long-time teammate of the three. Kumble was also former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly’s most trusted weapon. The leg-spinner helped India win many matches. His 10 wicket haul in an innings against Pakistan in Delhi Test is still a world record, as he is only 2nd after Jim Laker to take 10 wickets in an innings, in the history of cricket.

57 candidate applied for the lucrative India coach job in June. But BCCI gave a twist to the application after they said Hindi known candidate will get preference, though they added that it is optional.

On Monday BCCI shortlisted 21 candidates for the first round of interview and then 10 candidates shortlisted . BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee  will take a call on a coach on June 24 during BCCI Annual Conclave in Dharamsala.

Ravi Shastri, Parveen Amre, and Anil Kumble are the top three Indian candidates among the 10 shortlisted candidates. The list also comprised of former Australian players Tom Moody, Stuart Law and Englishman Andy Moles, who coached England, New Zealand ad Afghanistan.

India’s current chief selector Sandip Patil, who also applied for the post, was not invited for the interview.

Kumble has played 132 Test and 271 ODIs for India. He has taken 619 ODI wickets and 337 ODI wickets. He also played for Royal Challengers Bangalore as a player and later as a mentor of the team. He also joined Mumbai Indians as a mentor.

Kumble has retired from international cricket in 2008. Under his captaincy, India played outstanding cricket in Test. The process of India triumph on ICC Test ranking table started under his captaincy which culminated under MS Dhoni’s leadership.

Kumble made his debut in 1990. When former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has won 11 overseas Test, the best tally by an Indian captain on overseas conditions, Kumble was the key bowler for India.

Ganguly in 2003-2004 Australia tour argued for Kumble with the selectors. Sectors didn’t want Kumble to tour with Indian squads as they thought he would a flop at Australian wicket, but Kumble proved everyone wrong as Australian batsmen were troubled by his bowling. Kumble has taken 24 wickets in  three-match Test series with two five wickets haul. In the first Test at Adelaide Oval Kumble took five wickets and six in the match that helped India to win the match.

His best bowling figure was 8 for 141 at Sydney Cricket Ground where the match was drawn.