Coach Team India: Kumble likely to have an edge


The cricket match between India and Zimbawe held recently. Indian team bagged victory over Zimbabwe in latest T20 series. Members of BCCI’s advisory committee Mr Sourav Ganguly, Mr Sachin Tendulkar, and Mr. VVS Laxman are interviewing candidates to select Team India’s Coach.

21 names are selected in the list by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).  Indian team has been without a coach since ICC World Twenty20 ended in first week of April.

Anil Kumble tops the list and he is the most well known to the advisory committee trio. The other names doing the rounds are Ravi Shastri, SandeepPatil, VikramRathour, PravinAmre, Venkatesh Prasad, Lalchand Rajput, Stuart Law and Tom Moody.

Many candidates have shared their vision with the panel for Team India through video conferences.  If sources are to be believed, Kumble argued his case well in front of his former teammates.

“A great cricketer necessarily doesn’t make a great captain or coach “ , this may not be strictly followed this time by the advisory committee, sources said.  

India’s most successful Captain, Ganguly has an liking towards Kumble being the best choice. Although recommendation alone shall not be enough but certainly would be no less and count for something at least.

Another name that most likely to be Kholi’s competitor is, Former Cricketer and Former  Director of Team India, Mr. Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri (Ravi Shastri).

While Kumble brings with him a sense of controlled aggression that will especially come in handy overseas with a team in transition under ViratKohli, Shastri is hugely popular with the team and apparently enjoys Kohli’s support as well.

Given a second term as ICC cricket committee chairman in May, Kumble has a well-rounded view of the game as well as its administration. While Shastri has been outspoken about the team’s needs and defended it in troubled times

Kumble’s tenure with Mumbai Indians during which he brought laurels to the team, make him an apt mentor for  shorter formats matches – an area India have been found lacking in recent days.

As far as Shastri is concerned, the only factor which may stand against him as choice, being the fact that he has been tried with just above average success and his not so good inputs during ICC events.

Well it will not be wise to comment any name yet, while if reports of Kumble being the front runner are true, Shastri may have a way in by a veto commendation by advisory board.