The new coach of the Indian national team has now completed his first day at the office after being appointed less than a week earlier.
Anil Kumble, the Indian legend was at Bangalore’s NCA for his first official meeting with his squad ahead of a week-long camp in the city ahead of the tour to West Indies.
But for Kumble, it was more of a homecoming than the first day a work as he relished the opportunity to start his stint as a coach at the same place his career as a cricketer started.
The 45-year old who will lead the side for a year from now revealed that the first day was a mere meeting and that he got a chance to share his joy with his team.
“Today was just a welcome meeting,” he said about his first day in the office.
“Like I am talking to you all now, I spoke of how much of a privilege it is to be again part of the Indian team that I can share my experiences with them,” he added.
He went on to say that it was a good start to his new career and revealed that he has already had a lengthy discussion with the Indian limited over skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
“I also spoke to MS (Dhoni) after he came back from Zimbabwe and although it was only over the phone, I did speak at length to him. So, I’m really looking forward to working with both MS and Virat (Kohli),” Kumble said.
The former Indian cricketer explained that there was not a lot of difference in the dressing room entering it as a coach and as a player.
“It’s nice, but I guess no different. Obviously, you know the rules and boundaries as coach. Other than that, it’s no different,” he explained.
“I’ve played with some of them; I’ve mentored a couple of them in various capacities. To be back in the changing room is always special,” he added.
He also said that he was privileged to be a part of the Indian cricket team once again and that these are exciting times for the country as a whole in the world of the sport.
“All of us want Indian cricket to be doing really well, and these are exciting times. I feel privileged to be a part of that journey,” he said.
He also felt that he was fortunate to stay connected to the game In one capacity or the other and felt that his experience will also help the team in the future.
“I have been fortunate that way. I have been part of the ICC, so I know what the thinking for the future is, what the youngsters are looking at,” he said.
“I’m sure I’m close to the game, the modern game. And I’m sure I can blend my experiences in putting across to youngsters of today. The communication that needs to be given to a youngster today… I think I can do that,” he added.
Surely, there are better things lying ahead for the Indian national team.