Sunil Gavaskar feels that Anil Kumble is a living example for current players.
After Anil Kumble was confirmed as the Head Coach of Team India for one year, Legandery batsman Sunil Gavaskar backs his weight behind the former leg-spinner’s appointment.
Speaking to NDTV, Gavaskar said that , “You don’t need a coaching degree, all you have to be is a good man manager. Kumble brings into table a lot of determination, experience and intelligence as India coach.”
Declaring that ‘ache din’ (good days) was here for the Indian team, he believed that the players will certainly benefit from his extensive international career. He backed BCCI’s decision to give a one-year term to Kumble.
With a Indian upcoming season of as many as 17 Tests and 10 ODIs and 2 T20I limited-overs games, the technically accomplished batsman felt, “One year term as India coach is more than enough.”
When asked about Kumble’s influence on the present day cricketers, the right-hander quipped, “Players can Google on Kumble and find out what he has achieved. He will earn a lot of respect in the dressing room. He has been a great performer for India.”
Making his debut in 1990, the spin bowler is India’s leading wicket-taker in both Tests and ODIs. Overall, only Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne have bettered Kumble’s 619 Test wickets.
Since retiring from the sport in 2008, Kumble also served as President of Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) and Chairman of ICC Cricket Committee. He became only the fourth Indian to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame after Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Bishen Singh Bedi.
Gavaskar stated, “Kumble would certainly give his opinions. I don’t see him being a passive coach. As far as achievements go, he will be a living example in front of the players.”