Indian Team Coach – Anil Kumble Comeback? The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is ready to spring a surprise. After the completion of Ravi Shastri as Indian coach, BCCI have turned their heads back to Anil Kumble to become the head coach of the Indian team. The legendary leg-spinner was at the helm for a brief period four years ago, before a bitter fallout with captain Virat Kohli saw him leave his position, paving the way for Shastri’s return. Kumble currently is the head coach of the IPL 2021 team Punjab Kings.
BCCI set to turn to Anil Kumble yet again as Kohli, Shastri tenures set to end after T20 World Cup: Report
Indian Team Coach – Anil Kumble Comeback? As per an Indian Express report, the BCCI have a clear roadmap for the Indian team, and the ways to bring Anil Kumble back into the fold are discussed.
Why did Kumble Quit? Kumble had decided to step down in 2017 after reports emerged of serious differences with Kohli, who then recommended Ravi Shastri on board.
It is believed that BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, who was then a member of the BCCI’s Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) had wanted Kumble to continue despite Kohli’s reservations. Kumble was first appointed head coach in 2016, but quit after India’s Champions Trophy Final defeat against Pakistan a year later.
“Anil Kumble’s exit needs course correction. The manner in which the CoA succumbed to the pressure of Kohli and removed him, wasn’t the best example set. However it also depends on whether Kumble or Laxman are ready to apply for the job,” a senior BCCI source privy to the development told PTI
Indian Team Coach – Anil Kumble Comeback? Now, with BCCI having a new regime at the helm after the implementation of a Supreme Court-mandated panel’s recommendations, it is learnt that ways to bring Kumble back are being explored.
The BCCI remains convinced that the team needs a new head coach following Kohli’s resignation from T20 captaincy following the T20 World Cup, paving way for split captaincy.
IPL 2021 – Kumble currently coaches PBKS: If Anil Kumble agrees to come on board, he will also have to give up his IPL assignments with Punjab Kings, while he is also the head of the International Cricket Council’s cricket committee.
It is reported that before Kumble, the BCCI had contacted Mahela Jayawardene for the role, but he remains interested in only the Sri Lankan national team job and the Mumbai Indians. During his time with the franchise, Jayawardene has won four IPL titles in six years, with Rohit Sharma at the captain of the team.