Veteran Indian cricketer Anil Kumble shocked everyone by his sudden resignation as the head coach of Indian cricket team. If the fourth Test previous year between India and the hosts ended in an impasse with the last four days match with no playing background and this will be the wet outfield - making it the third shortest Test match ever with 22 overs being bowled - 39.2 overs were possible in the opening One-Day International on Friday this 24th June 24.
Former India opener Virender Sehwag, former India A coach Lalchand Rajput, former India pacer Dodda Ganesh, Richard Pybus of England and Tom Moody, who has coached Sri Lanka in the past had earlier applied for the post. "In fact, the selectors should have tried out more youngsters for this West Indies tour, as they are one of the weakest teams at the moment".
"It is the captain who has to play in the field ultimately and I think Kumble's role has been absolutely impeccable, as a coach".
Surely even Tendulkar, the best batsman of the modern era, should have to contribute to the team environment? The uncooperative and discord between them have been experienced during the games.
The relations between the two could not have been on the issue of selection of a player in a Test against Australia. Great teams don't do this.
The hosts are unlikely to make a change and the team eleven that featured in the last game is the strong one. In a long home season, India whitewashed New Zealand (3-0) at home, before winning the ODI series 3-2.
He is a polarising figure that has the ability to infuriate opposition supporters because of his brilliant ability and, more so, his combatant nature and over the top celebrations and send-offs.
Chappell said India is blessed to have Ajinkya Rahane in their ranks as he is a good leader too.
The 28-year-old has added one more feather to his cap as he has become the second most followed Indian on Facebook with over 35 million followers to his name.
In Hong Kong for a sportsman's lunch, former Australian quick Merv Hughes offered an interesting view on modern players. "Let's see how to go about it", he added. He has over 600 test wickets and is next only to Shane Warne and Muthiah Muralitharan in Crickets Hall of Fame as a spinner.
Going by the leaked information, it appears Kumble has lost the players' respect after being accused of treating them like a headmaster disciplining students, whatever that may mean. What's to say he doesn't get on with the next coach? This after hinting that he could have said many things in the 11 media conferences during the Champions Trophy.
Even his hat, with the New York Yankees logo across its front, suggested that cricket was furthest from his mind on a lovely June day on this idyllic Caribbean island. They are not only the mainstays of the middle order, but are helping shape the future of Indian cricket.
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