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Anil Kumble’s shoes will be hard to fill: Virender Sehwag

Anil Kumble’s achievements as Indian cricket team coach will be hard to match, according to Virender Sehwag. He is the frontrunner to replace Kumble in the Virat Kohli-led side

cricket Updated: Jun 21, 2017 15:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Anil Kumble,Virender Sehwag,Virat Kohli
Virender Sehwag is one of the front-runners to be the coach of Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team.(HT Photo)

Anil Kumble’s resignation as head coach has put several questions in front of Indian cricket team. The most important one is that – Who will be his successor?

Out of the five names that have come up Virender Sehwag’s is the most high profile one. The former India opener is being seen as the front runner of the post.

However, there are four other candidates – Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajpoot and Dodda Ganesh – and the decision on the coach is likely to be taken after the West Indies series, which starts from Friday and ends on July 9. Apart from the five, more applications have been invited by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

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Sehwag, when asked about the next India coach, said that whoever becomes the next occupant of the top post will face it hard it replicate the success of Kumble.

“I have never played under Kumble – the coach. However, he has been my senior, my captain. In fact my comeback in international cricket was under him. The Indian team’s performance under him has been phenomenal. Whoever comes in as his successor will find it hard to fill in his shoes,” Sehwag said in an interview to UC News.

“His achievements as a coach will be hard to replicate. I can’t comment on his coaching style but as a senior, as a player there is no one better than him.”

Read | Anil Kumble resigns: 5 possible replacements including an ex-PAK coach

Under Kumble, India went on to become the No. 1 team in Tests and also reached the final of ICC Champions Trophy. Kumble one-year tenure also saw India winning Test series against Sri Lanka England, New Zealand and Australia.

However, he resigned on Tuesday stating that India captain Virat Kohli had had ‘reservations’ about his style of functioning as coach.

Indian coach vs foreign coach

He added that though he had played under foreign coaches, he would prefer an Indian coach to take over the reins.

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“There is not much difference between an Indian coach and a foreign coach. I think an Indian coach can communicate in a better way. Sometimes, it often happens that a person is more comfortable in expressing his opinion in Hindi and not in English. That way you gain the confidence of the players,” Sehwag said. “With Indian coaches you can also joke around.”

Regarding him sending a two-line CV for India coach’s post, Sehwag said: “If I had to send a small CV, my name would have been enough. I want to know the source of these stories, so that I can also that person about how he got the information.”

First Published: Jun 21, 2017 14:56 IST