5 reasons why Anil Kumble is the perfect choice for being India's coach
Anil Kumble's appointment is one that will fill plenty of Indian fans with joy.
The wait is finally over. India finally have a new coach and it is none other than their most successful bowler, across all formats, Anil Kumble. India might not be playing another match until their Test series against West Indies, which starts next month, they will certainly breathe a huge sigh of relief now that the long search for a coach is over.
The former Indian captain becomes the first Indian to become full-time coach of India since 2000. The 45-year-old will hope to fare better than the last Indian, Kapil Dev, and take India to greater heights.
Here are 5 reasons why Anil Kumble is the perfect choice for being India's coach:
Impeccable playing record and the respect that comes with it
While it is true that not every successful player goes on to become a great coach, there is a certain skill-set that is transferable across the two roles. And when a successful player was a captain as well, who understands the strategy and planning that goes on behind the scenes, it certainly is a huge help.
When you are a successful player, a legend even, there is a certain degree of respect that comes along with it. Players look up to you and your opinions are respected more than if you were just another player or worse, someone who has never even played cricket.
Kumble will hope to capitalise on his legendary pedigree from his playing days and take India to the next level across all formats during his 1-year tenure as the coach.