Anil Kumble named new coach of Indian cricket team; wishes galore

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New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2016 11:58:54 PM

LIVE: BCCI President Anurag Thakur announces Anil Kumble as the new head coach of the India cricket team; stay tuned for the reactions.

anil-kumble-l-reutersFormer captain Anil Kumble along with ex-India cricketers Pravin Amre and Lalchand Rajput had on Thursday made their respective presentations before the high-profile panel. (Reuters)

Anil Kumble becomes the 11th coach for the India cricket team. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chairman BCCI President Anurag Thakur made the announcement today at 6 pm.

To pick the new coach for the Indian cricket team, a panel consisting of iconic former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sanjay Jagdale (co-ordinator) were expected to submit the final report today in Dharamsala. As is usual with this high profile appointment, there was a huge tug-of-war going on and who the winner will be, is emerging gradually. We cover the news here as it breaks, read on:

Former captain Anil Kumble along with ex-India cricketers Pravin Amre and Lalchand Rajput had on Thursday made their respective presentations before the high-profile panel. Kumble, Amre and Rajput met Ganguly, Laxman and Tendulkar, while former BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale — the ‘coordinator’ of the selection process — assisted the trio on Thursday. Former India team director Ravi Shastri, who is the other high profile candidate, was interviewed via video conference from London.

The BCCI’s advisory committee, appointed to pick the Indian head coach, forwarded the final choice to honorary secretary Ajay Shirke.

The BCCI is presently hosting its first ever four-day annual conclave at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.

9.15 pm: “This is a great time for Indian cricket. I have played for long with Sourav, Sachin, VVS and Rahul is also guiding the junior,” Kumble spoke fondly of the ‘Golden Period’ of Indian cricket.

9.00 pm:  “Heartiest welcome to @anilkumble1074 Sir. Look forward to your tenure with us. Great things in store for Indian Cricket with you ??” Kohli tweeted shortly after Kumble was appointed as head coach for a one-year term.

8.25 pm: “Anil to me is a very good choice. He is a good student of the game and that will help him in his new role. I have seen Anil from his younger days. He has been a great player for India and he has it in him to be a good coach, which he has proved with his mentoring roles in the IPL,” says Gundappa Viswanath.

8.20 pm: “You don’t need a coaching degree, all you have to be is a good man manager. Kumble brings into table a lot of determination, experience and intelligence as India coach,” Gavaskar told NDTV shortly after Kumble was appointed for a one-year term.

8.12: pm :   “Kumble congrats Son!Well deserved honour!Am glad fr Indn Crkt-Gud job BCCI-wish Kumble was given 2/3 yrs ‘cos his precision demands that..!” Bishan Singh Bedi tweeted.

8.00 pm : “To be honest, I would not have applied if I knew that Anil too had applied. I am not disappointed (at missing out). These things happen. It was pretty much a two-horse race between  Anil and Ravi (Shastri),” Prasad

7.40 pm: Need to sit down with Sourav, Sachin, Laxman and Dravid and need to do what is best for Indian cricket: Anil Kumble

7.20 pm: Kumble will be now transforming himself from a great cricketer to coach, and that’s why he has been appointed for an year as of now: BCCI

7.15 pm: We will miss him, but very happy as Indian team cant find such a loyal coach: Chethana Ramatheertha (Kumble’s wife)

6:44 pm: Anil Kumble in his first reaction to the media said that, “It is a great honour and responsibility. It would definitely be a tough challenge and I have discussed with my family before making this decision.”

“I have had a great opportunity to play for India for so many year, and I think now is the time to give back. I have short and long term plans for the team which will be discussed with the players.”

7:00 pm:  I felt Ravi Shastri could have been the batting coach & Kumble the bowling coach: Erapalli Prasanna former cricketer

6:33 pm: Harsha Bhogle ‏@bhogleharsha
“Anil Kumble is an outstanding choice as coach of India. The expectations from him will be huge.”

“Anil Kumble will be an excellent organiser and a top team man. And knowing him, he will respect the fact that the captain runs the team.”

“Good on @ianuragthakur to acknowledge Ravi Shastri’s contribution. Ravi had stepped in at a difficult time.”

“Thumbs up to the procedure used in appointing the coach. Asked experts, stood by their judgement.”

6:30 pm: Shekhar Gupta @ShekharGupta: Great choice @anilkumble1074 as Indian coach. Senior yet contemporary. This team has enough ebullient players. Ideal to have a calmer coach.

6:27 pm: @Dennisrasaldar
“smart move #BCCI this decision will take indian cricket to next level ”

6:23 pm: BCCI ‏@BCCI: “The BCCI announces the appointment of Mr. Anil Kumble as Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team for one year.”

6:21 pm: @munjpratik
“Great decision by #SachinTendulkar #ganguly and #vvs to choose #anilkumble as the new team india coach !! #BCCI”

6:20 pm: @Rezaidi
“Bold choice but a welcome one! @anilkumble1074 #BCCI @BCCI”

6:19 pm: @manedarshan
“It’s The Jumbo! Our very own Legend Anil Kumble is appointed as Head Coach of Indian Cricket Team #anilkumble #BCCI”

6:18 pm:  “BCCI has been very transparent. We fixed a criteria. There was the CAC as well. They have gone through the process, interviewed and recommended few names. After discussions with various stakeholders, we have decided that Anil Kumble will be the head coach of the Indian cricket team for the next one year,” BCCI President Anurag Thakur said in a press conference

6:17 pm: BCCI President Anurag Thakur says “India deserves the best and we have the best in Kumble. It is not about foreign coaches.”

6:16 pm: @kmadhav
“This would be a deadly combination of Super cool & experienced Anil Kumble as Coach & aggressive & passionate Virat’s talent.#BCCI #JUMBO”

6:15 pm: @twittvenkat
“Thakur had said the appointment would be till 2019 World Cup. Wonder why Kumble has been offered only one year #Cricket #BCCI”

6:13 pm: “BCCI is glad to announce that the selection process was transparent and included

greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman,” says BCCI President Anurag Thakur.

6:09 pm: BCCI conducts a press conference to announce the nexthead coach.

5:56pm: ‏@abhisb95
“Congratulations @anilkumble1074 on being appointed coach of Team India #BCCI #India #Karnataka #India #Cricket”

5:54 pm: @SupsAlways
“Congratulations to namma Karnataka’s pride @anilkumble1074 ! #indiancricketteam #BCCI #indiancricketcouch”

5:50 pm: Indian cricket team gets new head coach.

5:37 pm: @MeinTeraHero

“Ravi Shastri should be a part of the team only for motivation and giving pep talk to the players. Kumble more for strategies. #BCCI”

5:32 pm: ‏@ACDC_Politics
“#Shaz with his acumen n managerial skills already tested, would have been a better choice than @anilkumble1074 as #TeamIndia coach”

5:25 pm: Sources: The announcement is expected anytime now.

4:49 pm: ‏@iMac_too
“BCCI appointed a batting coach who couldn’t play anything on offside to save his life in his playing days”

4: 46 pm: ‏@Devarchit
“I wanted Ravi Shastri, no half measures about that. Will wait and see what Kumble brings to the table. #coach”

4: 35 pm: Insisting that transparency will be ensured in selecting the Team India head coach, Board of Control for Cricket in India president Anurag Thakur has said that it shouldn’t be a matter of objection even if an efficient coach, who doesn’t understand Hindi, is appointed.

Speaking in an exclusive conversation with ETV News head Jagdeesh Chandra, Thakur stated that only a talented person will be made the head coach of India, and stressed that the selection will be made completely on the basis of competence.

4:00 pm: According to news reports, Anil Kumble likely to be named head coach, and Ravi Shastri to be named batting coach.

1:05 pm: Rajbir Dhaliwal ‏@Rajbirdhaliwal3
“Anil Kumble is expected to be head coach of Indian #Cricket..
#DhoniKaSaath Pakka”

12:25 pm: @rohitamoroso
“Electing pope is easier than selecting Indian cricket team coach.. #GameOfThornes #BCCIConclave”

12:03 pm: ‏@MalayD
“#BCCIConclave should be more like a Jaipur LitFest style congregation of crickut hipsters & not a collection of middle-aged men. #justsaying”

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11:45 am: ‏@Unwise_cracker

“#Kumble front-runner for India #cricket coach? No coaching experience necessary? Or are the Big 5 of Indian cricket extending their control?”

11:41 am: @iam_balaa
“No surprise, if @anilkumble1074 is appointed as India’s next coach by #BCCI”

11:35 am: SAMIR SANTOSH ‏@SAMIRSANTOSH
“I would like to see Anil Kumble as the coach of Indian cricket team, the reason being he is an #engineer, that’s it. #tothepoint #BCCI”

11:31 am: Cricketwallah ‏@cricketwallah
“Indian Express suggests tug-o-war between BCCI and its advisory committee over appointment of coach”

11:25 am: @imrowdymayur:
“From the starting to now @ianuragthakur is working brilliantly, he is making great structure for developing #BCCI”

11:19 am: HPCA ‏@himachalcricket
“Proud to host the first #BCCIConclave at Dharamshala. @ianuragthakur

11:05 am: BCCI ‏@BCCI
“The Captain – Coach Conclave begins in Dharamsala #BCCIConclave”

11:03 am: Harsha Bhogle ‏@bhogleharsha
“Indian cricket is lucky to have two fine Indian candidates who are keen to coach the national team. It is a good sign.”

11.00 am: While earlier it was revealed that the report would be submitted on Friday morning, the BCCI President Anurag Thakur today said the actual name of the new Indian head coach would be announced in the evening.

“Our attempt is to ensure that the announcement is made Thursday on the third day of the annual conclave in Dharamsala. We expect to make an announcement in this regard by this evening,” BCCI president Anurag Thakur told the media.

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To recap, on Wednesday, the race was wide open with 2 strong contenders emerging the form of Anil Kumble and Ravi Shastri. While the Karnataka spin bowler was ahead in the morning, the Mumbai man caught up and is actually leading the race. Unconfirmed reports said that BCCI was keen on the latter and it had the backing of Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli. This emerged after both the former cricketers made their presentations to the panel – Kumble personally and Shastri via video from London.

Initially, there were as many 57 candidates on the probable list for Indian coach which was slashed down to 21 for the panel to consider – Kumble himself was not on this pruned list, but it was left to the panel to call those who were not mentioned there. The Indian Express reveals that Kumble was not included because he doesn’t meet two criteria set for aspirants – doesn’t have any previous coaching experience at first-class or international level and he is not a certified coach.

Express also revealed that at late evening on Thursday, Ganguly said: “Around 10 candidates gave their interviews today, we have made our choice and the name will be forwarded to the Secretary tonight itself. The interview process is now over. There will be no more interviews after this.”

Current Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has expressed gratitude to Ravi Shastri over his role as Team Director in the recent past that prepped the team up to standout achievements. However, Ganguly has said that the panel would not consult current players about the new coach.

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