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Anil Kumble Bids Adieu: A Look at His Possible Successors

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 20, 2017, 10:19 PM IST
Anil Kumble Bids Adieu: A Look at His Possible Successors

Virender Sehwag and Anil Kumble (R). (Getty Images)

Anil Kumble's one-year stint as the coach of the Indian cricket team was hugely successful but the legendary skipper has opted to leave the team and step down from the position. Kumble was offered a two-week extension by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri but he refused to take it.

"BCCI CEO Rahul Johri had offered Kumble a two-week extension till the time there could have more clarity in the matter, but he refused to take it," said a BCCI source.

Also Read: Anil Kumble Steps Down as Coach, Refuses Two-week Extension

Now let's take a look at the top contenders to take over the reigns of the Indian team.

Virender Sehwag

Former India opener Virender Sehwag is the number one contender to become the next Indian coach. The reason why the odds are stashed in his favour is because he was 'told' to apply for the job.

"We have contacted Sehwag during the IPL and asked him to consider applying for the job of India coach. But he won’t be the only one applying because we expect other former players to also throw their hats in the ring," a top BCCI official said earlier.

Sehwag is undoubtedly the most high-profile name for the job and his credentials as a player is also supreme. But as coach, Sehwag's credentials are only limited to the Indian Premier League. He was appointed mentor of Kings XI Punjab in the IPL last year and in IPL 2017, he was made the coach of KXIP, who finished 6th.

Tom Moody

Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody is also one of the most high-profile candidates for the job. Since retiring in 2001, Moody has taken on the mantle of coach of the Sri Lankan national team, Western Australia and is currently coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad since 2012.

He even took Sri Lanka to the final of the 2007 World Cup. And even back in 2005, he was initially touted as a contender for the Indian coach’s job before Greg Chappell took the post. Last year too, he was in the running before the CAC — comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Laxman — decided to pick Kumble for the coveted post.

"Moody could be a possible choice as he understands Indian cricket having been a part of the IPL. Also, Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) member VVS Laxman has worked closely with Moody so he knows how the Australian functions,” a senior BCCI official told Cricketnext earlier.

Lalchand Rajput

Lalchand Rajput is no stranger to the Indian cricket team either. He was the manager of the team that won the inaugural edition of the World T20 in 2007. The former Mumbai batsman has also experience of coaching the Under-19 teams as well.

Currently, Lal Chand Rajput is the coach of the Afghanistan Cricket Team and they have done really well under his leadership. Rajput applied for the coaching role last year as well but couldn't impress the CAC.

Richard Pybus

Englishman Richard Pybus started his coaching career in his mid-tweties as his playing career was cut-short due to injuries. Pybus has coached all the over the world and is vastly experienced.

After winning national trophies in South Africa, Pybus guided Pakistan into the 1999 ICC World Cup final. While in 2012, he coached Bangladesh for a brief period as well. Pybus was also appointed the coach of West Indian team for a period of three years in 2012.

Doddha Ganesh

Doddha Ganesh stands an outside chance of landing the job, amongst the five contenders who have applied for the job. Ganesh featured in four Test ands one ODI for India during his playing career.

Since hanging up his boots, the former Karnataka pacer has coached Goa (4 years) and also coached the under-16 and under-19 sides of the National Cricket Academy.
First Published: June 20, 2017, 10:19 PM IST

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