End may’ve been higher: Kumble on his stint as India head coach

New Delhi, July 22

Former skipper Anil Kumble doesn’t remorse his time as head coach of the Indian cricket group however says the ending of his tenure may have been higher.

The 49-year-old stepped down after the Champions Trophy in 2017 following a rift with skipper Virat Kohli.

“We did really well in that one year period. I was really happy that there were some contributions made and there are no regrets. I was happy moving on from there as well,” the previous spinner informed ex-Zimbabwean cricketer Pommie Mbangwa in an internet session.

“I know the end could have been better but then that’s fine. As a coach, you realise, when it’s time to move on, it’s the coach who needs to move on. I was really happy I played a significant role in that one year,” he added.

Kumble had a profitable one-year stint as India coach with the group reaching the Champions Trophy ultimate in 2017 and in addition turning into a dominant Test facet, dropping only one out of 17 Tests throughout his tenure.

“I was very happy that I took up that role (India coach). It was great, the one year I spent with the Indian team was really fantastic,” stated Kumble, who took 619 wickets in 132 Tests and 337 wickets in 271 ODIs for India.

“Having been with great performers and again being a part of the Indian dressing room is a great feeling.” Kumble is presently the pinnacle coach of Kings XI Punjab franchise within the Indian Premier League (IPL). PTI 


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