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Anil Kumble among candidates in line to become Indian coach

Anil Kumble among candidates in line to become Indian coach
Anil Kumble has worked as a mentor with Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians franchises of IPL.
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Former Indian captain Anil Kumble is among the 57 applicants who have forwarded their names to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the post of the national head coach.

Kumble, who is India’s highest wicket-taker with 956 scalps from 403 games across Test and One-Day International formats, is reported to be among the front-runners along with Ravi Shastri and Sandeep Patil.

According to a BCCI official, Kumble is one of the biggest names in the list of applicants, which has not yet been officially released by the board.

"Yes, Kumble has applied for the post and probably is the biggest name doing the rounds," the BCCI official told PTI.

"His name in the mix makes it very interesting."

Though Kumble has limited coaching experience, he has taken on the role of a mentor in the Indian Premier League with Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.

The BCCI official also said that Kumble’s extensive knowledge of the game and the respect he commands from the current crop of players will work in his favour.

"He has been a mentor in both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.

"Mentors are basically extension of coaches and no one can doubt Anil’s knowledge of the game.

"He has a towering personality and every member of this current team has huge respect for him."

Kumble, who is also the third most successful bowler in the history of the game across all formats, is currently the chairman of the International Cricket Council’s Cricket Committee.

The 45-year-old also has the experience of serving as the chairman of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore as well as the chairman of the BCCI’s technical committee in 2012.

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