Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman lead the race for Indian team head coach: Reports

Indian cricket team performed quite well under the guidance of Ravi Shastri. Although the Men in Blue haven’t won any ICC event under his tutelage, they scripted some memorable series victories.

Team India made it to the ICC World Test Championship final but lost to New Zealand. The Men in Blue also carry an unwanted record as they lost to the Black Caps in the semi-final of the ICC ODI World Cup 2019.

Needless to say, India won the Border Gavaskar Trophy series against Australia in Australia. India got the better of Australia by 2-1 under Ajinkya Rahane’s leadership. Earlier, India also defeated Australia in Australia under Virat Kohli’s leadership.

This is Team India’s second series win in Australia under Ravi Shastri’s guidance. In addition, they also won the ODI series against South Africa for the first time in history in South Africa.

Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman lead the race for Indian team head coach: Reports
Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman lead the race for Indian team head coach: Reports

The Men in Blue won the series by 5-1. Meanwhile, Ravi Shastri’s tenure as India’s chief coach is coming to an end. There have been reports on who would be the ideal candidate to take over as head coach.

Earlier, Vikram Rathour was the frontrunner to get the job. Vikram Rathour is serving as the batting coach of Team India. He joined the Indian national cricket team when Sanjay Bangar stepped down from the batting coach role after the 2019 World Cup.

Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman lead the race for Indian team head coach

As per the reports, Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman are leading the race for India’s head coach role. We all know that Ravi Shastri’s contract comes to an end after the T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman.

Anil Kumble was the head coach for 1 year in 2016-17 before he stepped down after a fallout with the skipper Virat Kohli. Apart from Anil Kumble, the BCCI may also approach VVS Laxman, who has been the mentor of an IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad since 2013.

“Anil Kumble’s exit needs a course correction. The manner in which the CoA succumbed to the pressure of Kohli and removed him, wasn’t the best example set. However it also depends on whether Kumble or Laxman are ready to apply for the job,” a senior BCCI source in the know of the development told PTI on conditions of anonymity, reported TOI.

Meanwhile, Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman played over 100 plus Tests. Moreover, they have more experience in the coaching department. “The criteria for BCCI’s coach’s job will be such that only a select few with a very good record as a player as well as experience of coaching/mentorship can apply for the top job,” the source stated.

When asked whether Vikram Rathour was in the race for the post, the official added that Rathour doesn’t have a reputation in Indian cricket to become a Head coach.

“He can apply if he wishes to but he doesn’t have the stature to become a head coach of the Indian cricket team,” the official said. “He is at best an assistant coach. However, when we select the new coach, he will have a team all by himself. So let’s wait and watch,” the source concluded.

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