Anil Kumble’s tenure as India’s head coach got off to a dream start as the Indians crushed the West Indies in the four-match test series. Even though rain upset India’s plan in the fourth test at Trinidad, one can firmly say that this team under Kumble looks far more professional and eager to excel in all conditions.
After working with test skipper Virat Kohli, the former leg-spinner is now all set to monitor the limited-overs outfit, led by the ever dynamic MS Dhoni. With India taking on West Indies in a two-match T20I series in Florida, the stakes are high for both sides. Ahead of the series, Kumble spoke to the media and maintained that his side wouldn’t be underestimating the World T20 champions.
In his interaction, Kumble admitted that the experience of having their own T20 league (CPL) would matter a lot. “West Indies are always a tough side and they are the World T20 champions. Also, some of the West Indian players needn’t have to make the switch from Tests to T20s as they are coming straight out of the CPL. They are a quality side, and we had a tough match against them in the semi-final of the World T20. So, we are going to encounter a quality side and we are aware of that. It is going to be a challenge,” said Kumble.
The legendary spinner admitted that he was quite excited to work in tandem with MS Dhoni. “This is the first time I will be working with Dhoni. We have played together over a long period of time and we had a chat yesterday and today as well. I’m really looking forward to working with him, and the new set of boys who have joined the team, including Jasprit Bumrah. It is nice to be a part of the Indian dressing room again,” he added.
The Indian coach concluded by stating that individuals from both the teams would have to quickly to adjust to the change in format. “It is a mindset change and not easy to switch your focus from playing a Test series and coming into a T20 mode.””Both bowlers and batsmen need to make adjustments. It is not easy, but all of us are professionals and they have played enough T20 cricket to adjust. It is more in the mind.”