File image of Anil Kumble(Getty Images)
File image of Anil Kumble(Getty Images)

‘Back off and...’: Anil Kumble reveals biggest coaching lesson learnt post India stint

He is back at the helm and this time, he has been appointed as the director of cricket operations at Kings XI Punjab. He also held mentorship roles at Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2019 01:06 PM IST

Former Indian captain and coach Anil Kumble has said that one of his biggest learnings from the previous coaching stints has been to “back off and help the players relax”. The leg-spinner had to step down from India’s head coach position owing to an “untenable relationship” with skipper Virat Kohli though the team did well under his tutelage.

He is back at the helm and this time, he has been appointed as the director of cricket operations at Kings XI Punjab. He also held mentorship roles at Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.

“With RCB we did not win the title but we came close a couple of times. With Mumbai, we had wonderful success those three years I was there. It is nice to have the experience of crossing the line. It certainly helps (you as a coach),” Kumble told PTI on Wednesday.

ALSO READ: Ashwin aims to surpass Harbhajan in elite Test list led by Kumble

“It is all about a game of cricket at the end of it. If you simplify like that the job becomes a lot easier. The moment you start putting importance to result, wins, trophies then it puts more pressure on the players. So the learning is just to back off and help the players relax and when they are relaxed they tend to perform better.” At an event here on Wednesday, EbixCash was announced as Kings XI Punjab’s title sponsor for three years. Kings XI Punjab have never won the IPL and Kumble has come on board to end the title drought. Kumble, who wants to add more experience to the Punjab squad, will soon start strategising for the IPL auction in December.

Also Read: From pani puri seller to World Record holder: The incredible journey of 17-yr-old batting sensation

“You learn from the previous experiences you have had as a player, as a coach but IPL is a rollercoaster ride. You need to be patient and then back the players you have.

“Generally because of certain results you tend to start looking at other teams and that starts influencing your decision and that is the last thing you want.” Earlier this week, Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia told PTI that the franchsie board had a rethink on Ravichandran Ashwin and it has decided to retain him. Ashwin captained the side in the previous two seasons but failed to take them to the play-offs. Kumble said it is not certain that Aswhin will captain the side again.

“We have not decided that yet. Some decisions need to me made but we don’t need to decide at this moment. IPL is still five months away. There is an auction coming up, we will start to build a squad around that as well.

“Ashwin had a wonderful two years but of course we did not get the right results but we have not made any decision who the captain will be.” Kumble conceded that any decision will not be an easy one as he is a senior player. Ashwin has also done well for India in Tests of late, having made a comeback into the playing eleven in the ongoing home series against South Africa.

Besides Aswhin, Punjab boast of Indian stars such as K L Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Mohammad Shami. Their foreign recruits include Chris Gayle, Sam Curran, Nicholas Pooran and David Miller.

“We have a really good young squad. Needs a little bit of experience. We do have Chris who is the most experienced player in the world. I have not really got into the specifics as I just have taken over. But yes we will be settling down soon and put together a strategy for the way forward.

“In 12 years the only time they have got close is in 2104 when they lost in the finals. So to win a maiden trophy is the ultimate goal,” added Kumble.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
India beat England in the third Test by 10 wickets(BCCI)
India beat England in the third Test by 10 wickets(BCCI)

India vs England: England go from dust to dust in two days against India

PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 12:09 AM IST
On a crumbling and dusty pitch in the day-night Test, where the pink orb looked like it had transformed into a magical object with a life of its own, anything looked possible. And it was.
Close
England's Joe Root bowls during the 2nd day of the 3rd Test Match against England in Ahmedabad(ECB / Twitter)
England's Joe Root bowls during the 2nd day of the 3rd Test Match against England in Ahmedabad(ECB / Twitter)

‘It's for ICC to decide whether Motera pitch is fit for purpose, not players’

UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 12:35 AM IST
Root said that the ICC should consider the suitability of the pitch for the longest format of the game.
Close
India beat England in the day-night Test by 10 wickets(PTI)
India beat England in the day-night Test by 10 wickets(PTI)

Kohli eclipses Dhoni's captaincy record with 22nd Test win on home soil

UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 10:03 PM IST
Kohli now has 22 victories at home in 29 Tests as the captain of Team India which is one better than Dhoni, who had 21 wins in 30 Tests.
Close
Avi Barot
Avi Barot

Saurashtra, Chandigarh secure three wins on the trot in Vijay Hazare

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 09:52 PM IST
At the Jadavpur University second campus ground, Saurashtra handed Bengal a massive 149-run defeat after another pathetic batting display by the home side, who are all but out of contention after slipping to fifth place in the six-team standings.
Close
File image of a cricket bat and ball.(Getty Images)
File image of a cricket bat and ball.(Getty Images)

Uttarakhand, Assam register hat-trick of wins in in Vijay Hazare

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 09:46 PM IST
Assam also joined Uttarakhand on 12 points, outplaying Nagaland by 84 runs in another match.
Close
Indian captain Virat Kohli(Twitter)
Indian captain Virat Kohli(Twitter)

Virat Kohli slams 'below-par' batting of both sides after India win in 2 days

UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 12:33 AM IST
Virat Kohli said it was bizarre that so many wickets fell to deliveries which did not turn that much. The India captain in fact said the wicket in Ahmedabad was pretty good to bat on and lack of concentration from India and England batsmen brought about their downfall.
Close
PSL match: File photo(Twitter)
PSL match: File photo(Twitter)

Cricket crowds in Karachi increased to 50% for PSL games

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 09:09 PM IST
The decision meant that around 19,000 fans could go to the National Stadium to see the country’s premier Twenty20 cricket league.
Close
Indian bowler R Ashwin celebrates(PTI)
Indian bowler R Ashwin celebrates(PTI)

'Lost 7-8 kilos in lockdown': Ashwin reveals secret behind dream run in Tests

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 08:41 PM IST
Ashwin picked up three wickets in the first innings and four in the second to return with a match haul of 7 wickets as India went 2-1 up in the four-match series. Axar Patel was the star of the show for India.
Close
Indian captain Virat Kohli shaking hands with his English counterpart after wining the third Test by 10 wickets in Ahmedabad.(BCCI)
Indian captain Virat Kohli shaking hands with his English counterpart after wining the third Test by 10 wickets in Ahmedabad.(BCCI)

India vs England, 3rd Test, Day 2: Action through images

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 08:16 PM IST
India registered a comprehensive 10-wicket win over England in the pink-ball Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Thursday to go 2-1 up in the four-match series.
Close
India's Axar Patel celebrates dismissal of England's Joe Root during 2nd day of the 3rd Test Match in the series between India and England at Narendra Modi Stadium, Motera in Ahmedabad. ((ANI Photo/BCCI Twitter))
India's Axar Patel celebrates dismissal of England's Joe Root during 2nd day of the 3rd Test Match in the series between India and England at Narendra Modi Stadium, Motera in Ahmedabad. ((ANI Photo/BCCI Twitter))

Axar, Ashwin spin themselves into record books as India thump England by 10 wkts

UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 08:25 PM IST
  • India vs England: Axar became the first bowler to take 11 wickets in a pink ball Test while Ashwin became the fastest Indian to pick 400 Test wickets as the hosts took a 2-1 series lead.
Close
India's Axar Patel celebrates the dismissal during 2nd day of the 3rd Test Match in the series between India and England at Narendra Modi Stadium, Motera in Ahmedabad on Thursday.(ANI Photo/ICC Twitter)
India's Axar Patel celebrates the dismissal during 2nd day of the 3rd Test Match in the series between India and England at Narendra Modi Stadium, Motera in Ahmedabad on Thursday.(ANI Photo/ICC Twitter)

Axar Patel sets Twitter on fire by picking most wickets in a day-night Test

UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:30 PM IST
Axar Patel picked up five wickets in England’s second innings after he had already sneered six in the first inning to become the first bowler to claim more than 10 wickets in a day/night Test. He ended up with 11 wickets in the match.
Close
R Ashwin celebrates picking up his 400th Test wicket on Day 2 of the 3rd Test against England at Ahmedabad.(Twitter/BCCI)
R Ashwin celebrates picking up his 400th Test wicket on Day 2 of the 3rd Test against England at Ahmedabad.(Twitter/BCCI)

R Ashwin becomes second fastest bowler to pick up 400 Test wickets

UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 06:26 PM IST
  • India vs England: Ashwin followed the footsteps of Indian cricket greats Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh who had reached the milestone before him.
Close
New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill waves to the crowd as he leaves the field after he was dismissed for 97 runs during the second T20 cricket international between Australia and New Zealand at University Oval In Dunedin, New Zealand, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (Andrew Cornaga/Photosport via AP)(AP)
New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill waves to the crowd as he leaves the field after he was dismissed for 97 runs during the second T20 cricket international between Australia and New Zealand at University Oval In Dunedin, New Zealand, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (Andrew Cornaga/Photosport via AP)(AP)

Guptill credits Williamson for helping set game up against Australia in 2nd T20I

ANI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 05:40 PM IST
  • After being one wicket down in the fourth over, going through a lean patch, Guptill slammed a whirlwind 97 off just 50 balls to steer New Zealand to 219 runs in the allotted 20 overs
Close
England cricketer celebrate(Twitter)
England cricketer celebrate(Twitter)

Just turned on the TV and wow: Warne, Vaughan after wickets tumble on Day 2

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 05:31 PM IST
India vs England: Analysing the game, Shane Warne posted a series of tweets and said he was surprised to see that India weren’t aggressive enough in their first innings.
Close
Joe Root celebrates after getting maiden five-wicket haul against India(BCCI)
Joe Root celebrates after getting maiden five-wicket haul against India(BCCI)

Twitter flooded with memes after Root runs through India batting with five-for

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 04:49 PM IST
Joe Root got the wickets of all Indian left-handers – Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar and Axar Patel – and then dismissed Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah to pick up his maiden five-for. Here’s how Twitter reacted to Joe Root’s bowling on Day 2 of the day-night Test.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP