Former captain Anil Kumble does not regret his time as the head coach of the Indian cricket team, but he says his tenure could have ended better.
The 49-year-old Kumble left the post after the Champions Trophy in 2017 following a rift with captain Virat Kohli. The former spinner told ex-Zimbabwean cricketer Mpumelelo “Pommie” Mbangwa- We were really good in that one year period. I was really happy that I contributed something. I had no regrets.
He said- I know the end could have been better but still okay. As a coach, you feel that when is the time to move forward, it is the coach who needs to move forward. I was really happy, I played a very important role in that one year. Kumble’s success as a coach was a year in which the team reached the final of the Champions Trophy in 2017 and was also very strong as a Test team, having lost only one of the 17 Tests during his tenure.
He said- I was very happy that I had taken the role of Indian coach. The one year that I spent with the Indian team was really fantastic. Kumble, who took 619 wickets in 132 Tests and 337 wickets in 271 ODIs for India, said- It is a great feeling to be with the best players and to be part of the Indian dressing room. Kumble is currently the head coach of the Kings XI Punjab franchise in the Indian Premier League.