Shikhar Dhawan says Indian players are enjoying coach Anil Kumble's company
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has welcomed the opportunity to share the dressing room with Anil Kumble during the coming years. In an Open Media Session on Saturday, the 30-year old also thanked Ravi Shastri for his contribution as Team Director.
Dhawan felt, “With Anil bhai, it is not only Virat or any other big player but every player is in his scheme of plans. Even the ones who will not be playing regularly in the side. I feel that is a very important thing.”
Tackling the comparison with Shastri in a delicate manner, the left-hander noted, “Working with Ravi Shastri as team director was a good experience. We had great time with Ravi bhai. Ravi bhai and Anil bhai, both are good.”
The Delhi dasher attributed Kumble’s enormous experience as a former skipper and talismanic leg-spinner to be ideal in overseeing the growth of India’s present day stars into complete cricketers.
Shikhar enthused, “He (Kumble) knows in and out what's happening in a player's mind and I feel that's going to play a huge role. I can already feel he gives lot of cushion to players.”
He added, “We are enjoying Anil Bhai's company. We are very honored that he is our coach and he is one of the legends of Indian cricket. Of course, in coming days, we are going to learn a lot from him.”
Happy with the team’s preparations for the upcoming tour to West Indies which comprises of 4 Tests, Dhawan remained confident of clinching another Test series victory in the Caribbean due to the opposition’s inconsistency in the longest format.
The aggressive batsman believed, “We feel we can pull of yet another series win against West Indies because the hosts are in transition period and still trying to find their base. This, we are going to take advantage of and try to get on top of them.”