The Indian test squad is currently in Bangalore preparing for their tour to the West Indies and newly appointed head coach Anil Kumble is making a big difference in the training camp. Kumble who retired in 2008 commands respect with the current squad for his accomplishments on the pitch and also for the way he had conducted himself throughout his career.
A number of members in the current squad have already expressed their admiration for their new head coach and were looking to pick his brains and gain valuable insight as they prepare for their tour to the West Indies. Kumble has been turning his arm over in his home town of Bangalore and also been keeping a watchful on the bowlers as there is no bowling coach as of now.
The Indian spinners in R Ashwin, R Jadeja and Amit Mishra have found it extremely rewarding to be able to get both feedback and strategy sessions from Kumble who has taken over 600 test wickets in his career. Mishra who is also a leggie like Kumble has had quite a few conversations on how he can have a bigger impact in the West Indies.
In a statement, Mishra said “We have been talking and planning on how to bowl and understand the conditions in the West Indies. We are short of time, so we are not addressing too many technical matters. But we are ironing out smaller issues. We are focusing more on how to have a greater impact on their players. We are also talking about the mental aspects on how to stay mentally strong, perform and adapt to conditions because the sooner we adapt to conditions, our performance will be better.”
A number of cricket analysts believe that the Kumble-Kohli combination will benefit the India squad as Kumble brings him with a cool head, an engineering mindset and loads of experience while Kohli brings with him the flair, aggression and passion that when combined will have a massive positive vibe on the whole team.
Kumble has made it clear that he prefers to follow in the footsteps of former Indian coaches John Wright and Gary Kirsten in being in the background and allowing the players to be in the spotlight. That is exactly what Kumble has done so far as he has maintained his dignity, concentrated on the job at hand and chose to stay out of the nasty media spat between Saurav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri who also applied for the head coach role.