Anil Kumble stated that former India captain MS Dhoni may have the identical motivation as earlier than regardless of having retired from the worldwide recreation, including that Dhoni will give his “100 per cent” within the upcoming version of Indian Premier League (IPL). Citing his personal instance when he performed in IPL 2009 after having retired from worldwide cricket in 2008, Kumble stated, “Figuring out MS, he’ll give his 100 p.c. Even once I performed the IPL, the second season, I had retired from worldwide cricket.”

Talking to the media from Dubai, the place relies along with his crew Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) as the top coach, Kumble stated he wish to see extra Indian coaches within the IPL.

The irony of being the lone Indian head coach in an IPL franchise isn’t misplaced on Kumble who firmly believes that the piece of statistic isn’t a “true reflection” of nation’s teaching assets.

A take a look at the IPL squad roster reveals that seven franchises have non-Indian head coaches, specifically Ricky Ponting (Delhi Capitals), Brendon McCullum (Kolkata Knight Riders), Stephen Fleming (Chennai Tremendous Kings), Mahela Jayawardene (Mumbai Indians), Trevor Bayliss (SunRisers Hyderabad), Simon Katich (Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Andrew McDonald (Rajasthan Royals).

“I wish to see extra Indian coaches within the IPL. It isn’t a real reflection of the Indian assets. I’d wish to see many Indians being a part of the IPL as head coaches,” Kumble stated on Tuesday.

“It’s a little bit of an irony – one Indian as head coach. I feel throughout time there will likely be much more Indian coaches,” he added.

KXIP, who’ve by no means gained the IPL, are aiming to go all the best way this time with a powerful squad at their disposal. Choosing one of the best Indian gamers within the taking part in eleven will likely be robust but it surely appears choosing the 4 abroad recruits will likely be even harder as they’re spoilt for selection.

Requested if 40-year-old Chris Gayle will proceed to play bulk of the video games like he did previously two seasons, Kumble stated Gayle would even be extra concerned throughout the management group this season and his mentor’s position will likely be as vital as his massive hitting on the prime of the order.

The opposite abroad gamers in KXIP are Glenn Maxwell, Chris Jordan, Jimmy Neesham, the in-form Nicholas Pooran, Mujeeb Zadran, Hardus Viljoen and Sheldon Cottrell, who was purchased for a whopping Rs 8.5 crore.

“We nonetheless must see the situations on the principal floor as we’ve been practising (at ICC Academy). Chris has a serious position whilst participant and even in any other case,” Kumble stated.

“His management, his expertise, the children look as much as him. It isn’t simply Chris the batsman we’re taking a look at however Chris in a management position by way of his contribution to creating younger gamers. I need him to be energetic on the mentorship position,” he added.

The coach stated that just a few practise video games will give him an thought concerning the combos he’s on the lookout for.

“Not simply overseas gamers choosing Indian gamers will likely be a problem. We’ve just a few practise video games that may we are going to inform us (one of the best mixture),” stated Kumble in a response to a PTI question.


The previous India captain stated the crew has plugged the gaps with Maxwell’s comeback and a quick bowler who may be additionally efficient within the demise in Cottrell.

“We’ve a powerful crew. We would have liked an influence participant within the center and never simply with batting and fielding and Maxwell can be useful with the ball. And the quick bowler who bowls on the demise (Cottrell),” stated Kumble.

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