Anil Kumble stepped down as the coach of the Indian cricket team ahead of India’s limited-overs series against the West Indies. Kumble was offered a two-week extension by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri but he refused to take it.
It was also learnt that Kohli had met the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members on Saturday and raised strong objection to Kumble continuing as coach.
Kumble took to social media to announce his decision and said that he found it best to step down from the position as skipper Virat Kohli had reservations with his style.
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. BCCI themselves asked Sehwag to apply for the job earlier in May. “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. Sehwag is undoubtedly the big name in the list but as coach his 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 and considering his experience he can be the mest man to coach Team India at the moment. Since retiring in 2001, Moody has coached Sri Lankan national team, Western Australia and is currently coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad, the job which he took in 2013. He took Sri Lanka to the final of the 2007 World Cup and helped Sunrisers Hyderbad lift IPL 9 trophy. 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 post.
Richard Pybus: Richard Alexander Pybus coached the Pakistan and Bangladesh national teams, and currently serves as the Director of Cricket for the West Indies Cricket Board. He is currently the most successful coach in South African first class cricket having guided the Titans and the Cape Cobras to nine championship titles over six seasons, winning the Supersport Series Four Day Competition four times. He has completed the domestic double three times in a row as a coach, twice with the Titans and once with the Cape Cobras. Pybus also guided Pakistan into the 1999 ICC World Cup final.
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.
Doddha Ganesh: He is a former Indian cricketer who played in 4 Tests and one ODI in 1997. He has an outside chance to become Team India’s coach. 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.