Greg Chappell, the former India coach, said on Sunday (June 26) that Anil Kumble’s selection as the national team’s coach is a ‘motivated decision’ and he will convey the same battling soul to the team as a mentor that he brought as a player.
Chappell, who headed the rules of Indian cricket as a mentor from 2005 to 2007, said that Virat Kohli is fortunate to have a man of Kumble’s qualities as his collaborator and included: “It will be an effective association that I expect will serve India well.”
In spite of having immaterial drilling knowledge, Kumble was selected in front of 56 different candidates who had connected for the post, and nine other people who were met by the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s Cricket Advisory Committee, including Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman.
Recounting his time’s with the legendary leg-spinner, Chappell wrote in The Hindu, “He (Kumble) was the heart of Rahul Dravid’s soul of the Indian teams in which they played with such distinction. If they had been blessed to have been surrounded by other selfless individuals whose only aim was to serve the team, the Indian teams in which they played would have been impossible to beat.”
“The mentor/skipper part in cricket is altogether different from different games where the mentor is the undeniable pioneer. In cricket it is a joint endeavor off the field, however on the field, the chief must be the manager and must be seen as the supervisor by his players or his power will be undermined.”
Chappell, who is presently serving as Cricket Australia’s Natural Talent Manager, trusts that one of the greatest difficulties for Kumble amid his one-year residency as a mentor will be to deal with the quick bowlers. With India playing 13 Tests at home in the coming season, there will be huge work pressure on the pacers