The former Indian captain and the ace leg spinner Anil Kumble has been appointed as the new Indian Cricket team coach.
After Duncan Fletcher and Ravi Shastri as Team director the team was currently looking for its coach and many ex-cricketers including overseas cricketers were considered for the post. The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) had called for applications for Team India coach post and received 50 applications till June 15th, post that the list was pruned down to 21. However, the main fight was among the Team Director, Ravi Shastri, chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil and the former leg-spinner and Mumbai Indians coach, Anil Kumble and finally the verdict is out - 'Jumbo', as Anil Kumble is fondly known, beat competitions from former India team director Ravi Shastri and others like Pravin Amre and Tom Moody and is the new Indian coach.
Kumble's only previous coaching assignment includes being a mentor for Indian Premier League (IPL) sides Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI). He took a staggering 956 international wickets, the highest by an Indian in both Test and ODIs.
The interview panel consisted of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, V.V.S. Laxman and BCCI coordinator Sanjay Jagdale.
Finally, the dust has settled as the Indian cricket team will embark on a new journey with a new coach and relatively new captain in the longest format of the game. With the selected new coach, the Indian team is scheduled to travel to the West Indies for a four-match Test series in July and August.