Anil Kumble’s appointment as Indian Cricket Team coach, has been hailed as an ‘inspired choice’ by Greg Chappell, who coached Team India from 2005-2007. Kumble, who is the third-highest wicket-taker in the history of Test cricket, was appointed as the coach of the Indian Cricket Team on Thursday, on a one-year contract. His first assignment with the national side is India’s tour of the West Indies next month, for a four-match Test series which begins on the 21st of July in Antigua.
Writing for The Hindu, G Chappell has mentioned the major reasons for Kumble’s successful playing career and how his personality can make him a good and successful coach too, for India.
“Kumble’s indomitable will was his greatest asset during his cricket career. He was the heart to Rahul Dravid’s soul of the Indian teams in which they played with such distinction. If they had been blessed to have been surrounded by other selfless individuals whose only aim was to serve the team, the Indian teams in which they played would have been impossible to beat,” G Chappell has written so highly about these two former Indian stalwarts who are now trying to work their magic as coaches.
G Chappell has further added that “Kumble will bring these same assets to the role as a coach. His is an inspired choice.”
The former Australian batsman has also written about how Kumble and Virat Kohli can form a formidable player-coach partnership which can serve Indian cricket well in the years to come. “It will be a powerful partnership that I expect will serve India well.”
“The coach/captain’s role in cricket is very different from other sports where the coach is the obvious leader. In cricket it is a joint venture off the field, but on the field, the captain must be the boss and must be seen as the boss by his players or his authority will be undermined,” G Chappell has added.