Head coach Anil Kumble could, in the time to come, be promoted to a new role,that of director of the Indian cricket team, a post which Ravi Shastri vacated last year. If this happens, former India captain Rahul Dravid could step in to the shoes of Kumble as coach.
Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid played pivotal roles during Indian cricket’s ascension to the top of the cricket rankings. Even after their retirements, both Kumble and Dravid continue to contribute to the growth of Indian cricket.
According to sources , this step has been by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) which decided to change the structure of power in the coaching circles in such a way that it matches the hierarchy of the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). If reports are to be believed, the series against Australia could be Kumble’s last assignment as the national team’s coach as he will have to start his new assignment by April 14.
Kumble has been given time to think on the offer and if Jumbo decides take up the new job, Indian veteran Rahul Dravid may be elevated from the coach of the India A team to the head coach of the national side.He is currently the coach of India A and U-19 teams.
The former India spinner had met the CoA after the second Test in Australia, who entrusted him with the responsibility of filing a comprehensive report on the India Senior, India A and Junior teams as well as on women’s team.
Kumble took over as the coach of the Indian Team just before the tour of the West Indies in June last year, and has been admirably handling the team in all formats of the game. Under his tutelage, the team has had a scintillating run in Tests, first beating the Windies, and following it with twin wins against New Zealand and England at home.
Under him, Virat Kohli has blossomed both as a captain and player, becoming the first batsman in the history of the game to score a double hundred in four consecutive Test series. The 28-year old heaped praise on the coach recently, stating how the former captain’s fighting spirit has rubbed onto the team.
The source added that Indian cricket will benefit from the changes because one person will be in charge of handling all the teams, which would result in improved coordination and ease of working. There are chances of rolling out the changes as soon as the next set of contracts are released.