What can Kumble and Rahul Dravid contribute as coach?

Pavan Suresh / 24 June 2016

BCCI announced Anil Kumble as the new coach of the Indian Senior cricket team. Anil Kumble took over Ravi Shastri after a gap of 2 months. Ravi Shastri contract was not extended. The BCCI advertised for the post of coach job and after the procedure, the Indian team got a wise coach.

Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid have been great servants for Indian cricket for a long time. Anil Kumble took 619 wickets in test matches and Rahul Dravid was one of the leading runs scorer in Test matches. Both of them were greats of world cricket.

Rahul Dravid was appointed as the coach of India A and India under 19 team two years ago. Under his coaching, the Indian Under 19 team reached the finals of ICC Under 19 World Cup held this year in January. During the IPL 9 season, he had a lot of young Indian players representing Delhi Daredevils. The likes of Risbah Pant, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair performed well under guidance. Rahul Dravid is keen to train the young Indian players and bring out fresh talent for the country.

Rahul Dravid was one of the most technically sound test batsmen in the world and sometimes he was not considered for shorter version but proved his mettle in ODI.

Anil Kumble was one the best off spinner for India in last two decades. Being a qualified engineer he uses his intelligence and strategists to bowl against world class batsmen. He has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian senior team. He brings his experience of playing in Test matches and One-day internationals. Though, he is given the time of 1 year by BCCI, one should not have any doubts about his ability to add value for the Indian senior team which is becoming a formidable team. There is no doubt Indian spinners will be benefited. He would also be able to build team spirit and bring in a high level of discipline. His experience of being the bowling coach of Mumbai Indians in IPL and working with well-known coaches like Ricky Pointing, Jonty Rhodes will help him to bring their strategic thinking and methods to improve batting and bowling. His experience with MI would come handy to coordinate skills specific coaches in the area of batting, bowling, and fielding.

Indian cricket can hope to prosper with the contribution of Dravid in identifying and developing young talent while Kumble can do justice when they move to senior level.

BCCI, however, has to give a longer run to Kumble and Dravid to work jointly for the next 3-5 years to show better results.

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