Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin feels head coach Anil Kumble understands the psyche of bowlers and can give the right suggestions to the bowlers according to match situations.
“Understanding a bowler’s psyche is a challenge and it is difficult for a batter to understand that. Someone like him he understands how the situation is and conditions are, he might give you the right impetus that you need,” Ashwin said. “For example, if you are going well but wickets haven’t fallen, he might be that one hand around your shoulder saying this is exactly what we want you to keep doing,” Ashwin added.
The 29-year-old Tamil Nadu bowler, who has grown up watching Kumble said he was happy to find the iconic cricketer just as he had imagined over the years.
“There is a saying that whenever you come too close to a celebrity, you get disappointed but with respect to Anil Bhai whatever I have measured of him from a distance have come true,” he said. “He is the same man, same discipline, same intensity, it has been wonderful. He brought a lot of energy and meticulousness among the group. You know there is a lot of planning when he is around. These are the things which I had expected from him and this is exactly what he has done.”
Ashwin also said that Kumble has given him the freedom to express himself that he is looking to take cue a cue out of the legend’s bowling.
“So far he has provided me with a lot of confidence and responsibility. It has been more of giving me the license to express myself which I really relish but both of us need time to start knowing each other,” he said.
“It has been 10-12 days since Bangalore camp. He had an open chat and he has already told me what he is going to look forward from me and I have told him what I look forward to him teaching me. He has already started bowling at the nets and I can pick out some notes from it.”
Anil Kumble has been appointed as Indian coach and joined the team during the preparatory camp in National Cricket Academy (NCA). He is currently touring in the West Indies with the Indian team. This is his first tour with the Indian team. After the four-match West Indies tour, Kumble will have a long home series in India that will decide his destiny with the Indian team.
Ravichandran Ashwin is coming back in the Test series after a unfruitful IPL where he failed to make an impression. However, he bowled outstandingly against South Africa in the Test series. Anil Kumble understands the psyche of bowlers
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