Cricket fraternity welcomes Anil Kumble as head coach of Indian team
Mumbai, June 23 (IBNS): With the BCCI appointing Anil Kumble as the head coach of the Indian team for one year, the cricket fraternity as well as some eminent politicians on Thursday welcomed the veteran bowler's new role and wished him success.
Batting sensation Virat Kohli tweeted: "Heartiest welcome to @anilkumble1074 Sir. Look forward to your tenure with us. Great things in store for Indian Cricket with you."
Bowler Harbhajan Singh posted on Twitter: "Great news for indian cricket..congratulation Anil Bhai @anilkumble1074 for becoming the head coach of @BCCI ..good luck going forward."
One of India's best opener Virender Sehwag wrote: "Jumbo news 4Team India.Congrats @anilkumble1074. To have a coach who cud play wid broken jaw wud be an inspiration fr guys in dressing room."
Former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted: "The Indian cricket team now has a coach who will put his heart & soul in the job. Anil Kumble knows no other way of working."
Crickter Irfan Pathan posted: "Many congrats to u Anil Bhai 4 being appointed coach of d Indian team,I'm sure u will take Indian cricket to a new height @anilkumble1074."
Congratulating Kumble, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted: "Congratulations to @anilkumble1074 on being appointed Head Coach. Under his able guidance, #TeamIndia will script new success stories."
Yuva Sena Chairman Aditya Thackeray wrote: "Absolutely delighted to hear that @anilkumble1074 ji will be the head coach of our @BCCI."
Congress leader Sanjay Jha tweeted: "Many congrats to u Anil Bhai 4 being appointed coach of d Indian team,I'm sure u will take Indian cricket to a new height @anilkumble1074."
Kumble has been appointed for the period of one year.
"Given to his immense knowledge and experience, the BCCI is confident that Mr. Kumble will take Indian cricket forward and contribute to its growth and success," a BCCI statement said.
The Board is confident that Kumble will meet the "consistent high standards of professionalism set by the Indian team and fulfills the expectations of the followers of Indian Cricket."
India is set to host 13 Test matches, 8 ODIs & 3 T20Is in a mega home season (2016-17) and Kumble will play a major role in the collective objective of the Indian team to attain the top ranking in all three formats of the game.
On being appointed as the head coach, the veteran cricketer said: "Thank you all for your unconditional support and love. Very touched. It's a great honour to be part of the Indian team again."
He said: "Looking forward to having a great journey ahead. Continue your support to the Indian team."
Kumble’s first assignment will be the upcoming away series in the West Indies, where India will play four Test matches.
As part of the process for selecting the head coach, the Board received 57 applications, which were evaluated by the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly with Sanjay Jagdale, the Chief Co-Coordinator.
The Committee conducted interviews with select shortlisted applicants and submitted a report/recommendation to the Honorary Secretary Ajay Shirke.
"The Board recognizes the contribution of Team Director Ravi Shastri under whom India marched to the semi-finals in the ICC World Cup held in Australia and the ICC World T20 India 2016. With him as Team Director, India won the Test series in Sri Lanka after a gap of 22 years and also outplayed South Africa 3-0 in a four-Test home series before clinching the Asia Cup," the BCCI statement said.
Known for his fighting spirit and indomitable attitude, former captain Anil Kumble is India’s leading wicket-taker in both Test (619) and ODI cricket (337).
Kumble is only the second bowler in Test cricket to take 10 wickets in an innings.
The 45-year-old leg-spinner has mentored Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians and was also the chairman of the National Cricket Academy and BCCI’s Technical Committee.
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