Kumble ready to coach Indian cricket team, but without a long rope

On Thursday, BCCI announced that former India skipper Anil Kumble will now lead the Indian cricket team as a head coach for a period of one year.

The other big names in contention for the job were Ravi Shastri, Tom Moody, Stuart Law, Lalchand Rajput, Pravin Amre and Andy Moles.

“Indian cricket team deserves the best coach, BCCI has complete faith in Kumble. It is not about an Indian or a foreign coach, it is about best coach for India,” BCCI president Anurag Thakur told in a press conference.

While on the other side ace leggie Anil Kumble is showing his confidence for the new role alloted to him. He said, "I am ready to take the new role, as I have always put my hands up for any sort of challenge," the 45-year-old former captain and India's highest wicket-taker told reporters after the Board of Control for Cricket in India, after its meeting in Dharamshala, appointed him for the high-profile job for one year.

Admitting that coaching the Indian team was a huge responsibility, he said he would be in the background, as players came first for him.

"It's the players who come first and the coach's role is always in the background," a beaming Kumble said at his residence, with his family members in tow.

Terming the new job as a great honour to be in the dressing room again but in a different avatar, the right-arm leg spinner said he was humbled by the decision and thanked the advisory committee for selecting him for the top coaching post.

Kumble will start coaching the Virat Kohli-led team for the upcoming four Test series in West Indies from July 21 to August 22.

"The strategy obviously will be to win. I have a short and long-term plan for the upcoming series. I need to sit with the players and discuss the plans, which I cannot do alone without them and the supporting staff," he said.

Kumble, who retired from first class cricket in 2008, was also president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) for three years along with former speedster Javagal Srinath as secretary from 2010-2013.

He led the host team Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) T-20 series from 2008-10 and as mentor for it and Mumbai Indians subsequently till 2015.

"Though I was away from home for 18 long years, travelling and playing in the country and overseas, my family supported my decision to be a coach, which means going back to the dressing room and travelling a lot again," Kumble added.

Making his debut in 1990 against England, the six-feet tall Kumble played 132 Tests till 2008 and 271 One-Day Internationals till 2007, taking a record 619 wickets in Tests, including 10 in a match eight times and 337 wickets in ODIs.

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