1. India’s hunt for next coach: From Virender Sehwag to Tom Moody, 5 men who can take Anil Kumble’s job away

India’s hunt for next coach: From Virender Sehwag to Tom Moody, 5 men who can take Anil Kumble’s job away

As the deadline to apply for the job of India’s cricket coach ended on Wednesday, we have a clearer picture of who can replace Anil Kumble at the top position - if the eventuality of replacing the current coach actually comes to pass.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 2, 2017 4:52 PM
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As the deadline to apply for the job of India’s cricket coach ended on Wednesday, we have a clearer picture of who can replace Anil Kumble at the top position – if the eventuality of replacing the current coach actually comes to pass. The final decision over this will be taken by BCCI Advisory Committee which includes Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. So far five players have applied for the job apart from Anil Kumble and given that the committee of administrators (CoA) has decided to strictly follow rules, it is unlikely that any more applications will be entertained.

So, here’s a look at those men who can take away Anil Kumble’s job:

1. Virender Sehwag

Once a friend, now a foe. Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag who has played in a huge number of matches with Anil Kumble will now be his biggest challenge. Sehwag, who has previously served as the mentor of Kings XI Punjab and is a fan favourite, was reportedly asked to apply for the job by a BCCI official during the recent season of IPL. The former Indian opener will bring an aggressive approach with him.

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2. Tom Moody

“The little man has hit the big fella for six! He’s half his size!” These words by an electrified Tony Greig and a sad face after being hit for a monstrous six by Sachin Tendulkar in Sharjah are probably the best memories Indian fans have of former Australian fast bowler Tom Moody. But, that can change quickly if Moody is given the chance to head team India. The tall Aussie had an outstanding season with Sunrisers Hyderabad last year and is familiar with Indian conditions, thanks to the IPL.

3. Lalchand Rajput

The current Afghanistan national team coach, Lalchand Rajput has been an underrated figure in Indian cricket. He was the manager of the side that won the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa without a coach. He was also the coach of Mumbai Indians in IPL’s inaugural season but faded after the Sreesanth-Harbhajan Singh slap scandal.

4. Richard Pybus

One rare name on the list that has far more coaching experience than playing is of former Pakistan and Bangladesh coach, Richard Pybus. After his playing career was restricted to a solitary List A game, Pybus turned coach at a very young age and this might well help in identifying young talent.

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5. Dodda Ganesh

A mainstay of Karnataka’s fast bowling unit during his playing days, Dodda Ganesh looks like the weakest name on the list but that might just play in his favour. If BCCI thinks of changing the support staff as well, Ganesh could be one of the leading names to be the bowling coach.

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