Kumble on a sticky wicket, Dravid top contender as coach

Indian cricket team coach Anil Kumble is feeling the heat at the moment. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has initiated a process to find a successor for Kumble despite his impressive results on one side, while news are doing the rounds, quoting sources,that skipper Virat Kohli and senior members of the team are unhappy with the Kumble’s overbearing presence and not allowing freedom to players.

All these reports have put the legendary former spinner Anil Kumble on a sticky wicket amidst the 2017 Champions Trophy campaign.  Kumble’s one-year contract with the Indian team ends after the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. It is speculated that might not get an extension after the Champions Trophy since he has rubbed the BCCI the wrong way especially demanding hike for players .

According to Times of India, BCCI’s advisory panel which includes big three names of Indian Cricket – Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman will try to resolve this issue and will meet with Committee of Administrators soon. According to the sources, the team is not happy with the style of the coach and players were more comfortable with Shastri. Sources say Kohli and Kumble had a difference of opinion over several issues related to the playing XI during the India-Australia test series.

In the last Test in Dharamshala, which India won, Kumble had strongly backed the inclusion of chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav in place of the injured Kohli. Sources say Kohli was unaware it and was caught by surprise. Kumble’s contract will end (June 23) after the Champions Trophy and the board has already started the process to find a new coach rather than give Kumble a contract extension.

As Kumble’s future role becomes uncertain, former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has backed former India skipper and batting legend Rahul Dravid to take over as head coach. Dravid is currently coach of the U- 19 and India A teams and a mentor of the Delhi Daredevils and before that  was with the Rajasthan Royals.

“I don’t think the BCCI will find many better candidates than someone like him (Dravid),” Ponting was quoted as saying by an Australian newspaper. “If he’s interested in doing the job, he will do a good job. He’s got a lot of knowledge, is very experienced and understands all three formats.”

Interestingly , BCCI has asked Virender Sehwag  to apply for this reputed post but he refused and now according to news reports the BCCI wants Rahul Dravid handle this responsibility. So the future of Jumbo as head coach appears to be in a limbo at the moment.