Anil Kumble named Team India head coach
Former Indian test captain and the country's most successful bowler, has been appointed as the head coach of Team India for one year. He is the first Indian to be appointed full-time India coach since Kapil Dev resigned in September 2000.
The move came days after he threw his hat into the ring, along with 56 other applicants who applied for the top job.
The announcement in this regard was made by BCCI president Anurag Thakur in Dharamsala, where the BCCI is holding its first annual cricket conclave
Last week, the BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman had shortlisted 21 candidates out of 57 applicants for the post of head coach of the Indian team after they met the primary criteria specified by the BCCI.
The applicants were further interviewed by the Cricket Advisory Committee and than selected by assessing their presentations.
This is the first coaching role for Kumble and he has no prior coaching experience at international or first-class level, which was one of the BCCI's criteria for applicants.
However in terms of coaching, Kumble has mentored IPL teams Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.
Kumble has also served in administrative roles since his retirement. He has served as president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association chairman of the NCA in November 2010
He also served as chairman of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and headed the BCCI's technical committee from 2012 to 2015.He was appointed as the chairman of ICC cricket committee in 2012.
What makes Kumble different ?
Kumble with 619 wickets from 132 matches, is India's highest wicket-taker in Tests and the third most successful bowler in Test history behind Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and Shane Warne (708). England's Allan Lamb Allan was the first of his 619 wickets and Australia's Mitchell Johnson was his 619th.
His best was 10 for 74 against Pakistan at the Kotla in 1999. Kumble is the only bowler after England's Jim Laker to have claimed all ten wickets in a Test innings.
In a 2002 test match against West Indies, Kumble bowled with a fractured jaw and became the first bowler to dismiss Brian Lara while bowling with a broken jaw.
Facts you must know about "Jumbo"
Anil Kumble born on 17 October 1970 in Bengaluru, Karnataka, began playing cricket on the streets of Bengaluru and joined a club called "Young Cricketers" at the age of 13.
Kumble graduated B.E from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering (RVCE) in Mechanical Engineering in 1991–92. He made his first-class debut for Karnataka against Hyderabad on 30 November 1989, taking 4 wickets and bagging a pair.
He was then selected for India Under-19s against Pakistan Under-19s, scoring 113 in the first test and 76 in the second. He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka at Sharjah in the Austral-Asia Cup on 25 April 1990. He made his Test debut the same year when India toured England for a three-test series.
Kumble was not a big turner of the ball, rather relied much on pace and accuracy. His ability to make the ball bounce with subtle variations in pace made him a tough bowler to face for the batsmen; thus earning him the sobriquet "Jumbo".
Awards and honours : Kumble got Arjuna and Padma Shri awards from the Government of India in the year 1995 and 2005. He got Wisden Indian Cricketer of the 20th Century, in 2002. He was honured with ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2015.