Dharamsala: Former Indian player Anil Kumble has been appointed as the head coach of Indian Cricket team. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur made this announcement at a press conference on Thursday.
After becoming Indian Cricket team’s head coach, Anil Kumble said-
- This is time for me to give back to Cricket. It is great honour. Would like to thank BCCI for showing faith in me.
- It is a huge responsibility and I am ready to take this role. Coaches come later, it is always players first.
- Strategy will be to win. Have a short and long plan for the upcoming series, but I cannot plan alone; need players to pitch in.
Kumble’s first assignment will be India’s upcoming four-test matches’ series in West Indies.
He was selected among 56 aspirants including Ravi Shastri and Chief Selector Sandip Patil who had applied for the post.
Previously, Ravi Shastri was made Indian Cricket team director after Duncan Fletcher’s contract as a head coach expired.
Other facts about Anil Kumble-
- Anil Kumble’s nickname is Jumbo.
- It was his high point, when he claimed 10 wickets in a Test match against Pakistan in 1999.
- He had featured in 132-Tests and 271-ODIs.
- He also played a role of a mentor for the Indian Premiere League (IPL) franchises Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI).
- He also scored a maiden Test century (110*) against England in 2007.
- In his Test career, he has hit half-centuries for the five times.
- Kumble also captained the Indian side in Test matches.
- In his 132 Test matches career, he took 619 wickets while in ODIs he bagged 337 wickets in 271 matches.
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