Dashing and dapper, Anile Kumble flashed his soothing smile even as shutterbugs chased him on the announcement of his appointed as the new India cricket team coach by the BCCI. He will take over the role for a period of one year. Well deserved, we would say. After all, we have been witness to the jumbo’s talent, skill and patience for over a decade.

Anurag Thakur, the Board of Control for Cricket in India president made the announcement saying, “For the next one year, Anil Kumble will be the head coach”. Kumble has bowled out Ravi Shasti, who was the other chief contender for the role. The post was left vacant since Duncan Fletcher’s departure.

Kumble holds the distinction of the third highest wickets in test cricket. His pace and accuracy combined with the spinning skill earned him the sobriquet “Jumbo”. Kumble was selected the Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year in 1993 and one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.

Kumble’s interest in cricket, began at the age of 19. He has represented the Indian Test team on more than 132 Test matches and has been responsible some of the most glorious of India’s cricket victories. As a recognition of his achievements, he was awarded the Padma Shri, in 2005. After his long and memorable innings of 18 years, he announced his retirement in 2008.

Now he seems more than ready to begin his tenure as the coach. We, from Namma Karnataka look forward to his able leadership and steady guidance. For all our future cricket victories, we are definitely, counting on Kumble.