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5 on-field incidents that prove Anil Kumble will be a great Coach for India

Anil Kumble has all the potential to become a successful head coach.

Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble will take over the reins of the Indian national team from their tour of West Indies

For millions of people who form the cricket-watching masses in this country and elsewhere, Anil Kumble was nothing less than a childhood hero for most. For who can forget that fateful day in 1999. The bitterness of a loss against Pakistan in the first Test in Chennai carried over even into the second one in Delhi. Little did we know then that history would be created and it was to be the beginning of a hero.

One by one, the Pakistani batting order tumbled down in the second innings as Anil Kumble emerged as a man reborn. That magnificent 10-wicket haul was the stuff of legends. This man has now been appointed as the head coach of the Indian Cricket team.

As reported earlier, he will be assuming his duties from India's upcoming series against West Indies. If his on-field persona gives us anything to about, it might be a safe bet to conclude that Kumble's lack of coaching experience is not going to come in the way of his anticipated success with the team. We look at five instances that establishes how capable a leader and performer Anil “Jumbo” Kumble has been whenever his team needed him to rise to the occasion.

#1 2002:
Bowled with a broken jaw

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    Anil Kumble bowled with a broken jaw in the 4th Test at St John's on 12 May, 2002
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    One of the boldest and most incredible performances in cricket history. During India’s 2002 tour of the West Indies, Anil Kumble suffered a broken jaw when hit by a Mervyn Dillon bouncer but continued to bat till he was dismissed.The return of Kumble to bowl with bandages wrapped around his face is surely heartwarming for every cricket lover.

  • The warrior in him refused to give up and he even got the wicket of the great Brian Charles Lara during his 14 overs when he bowled his heart out. This shows the guts that made him such a formidable player and write his name into the history books at Antigua.

  • Kumble’s commitment to the game is one of the greatest characters that will define his coaching stint. As this goes to prove, Kumble the Player gave everything for his team and country, Kumble the Coach is sure to give his 100 percent too. A jumbo sized inspiration for cricket.

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