5 captains who went on to become coach of the same country
Anil Kumble’s appointment as the coach of the Indian side has been met with a positive response from all quarters. The 45 year-old, India’s most successful Test bowler with 619 wickets, was known for his indomitable spirit and aggressive nature on the field. As a coach, he is expected to carry on in the same vein, bringing a winning attitude to the side.
Kumble also has the distinction of captaining India in 14 Tests between 2007 and 2008, winning three matches and drawing six. In lieu of his appointment, we take a look at five other captains who went on to become head coaches of the same national side.
An accomplished opening batsman, Wright was the first New Zealander to compile 4000 Test runs. Part of a side that had a successful run in the early 1980s, Wright scored 12 centuries in 82 Tests, with a high score of 185. He also had the distinction of scoring a Test ton against each of the then six Test playing nations. He was led the side from 1987 to 1990, captaining them in 14 Tests.
The second innings of his career, as a coach, extended his legacy to a whole different level. Known for his hugely successful tenure as India’s coach from 2000-2005, Wright was made the head coach of the Black Caps in 2010. He coached the Kiwis to the 2011 World Cup semi-finals, also getting to their first Test win in Australia in 26 years.