Kolkata: With Anil Kumble’s selection as the national team’s head coach by three of his celebrated peers, and another of their fancied colleagues looking after the youngsters, the golden generation of Indian cricket has again come together post retirement to reshape the destiny of the game in the country. While cricketing legend Rahul Dravid is now the coach of the India-A and Under-19 sides, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V V S Laxman sat on the all-powerful advisory panel that selected the bespectacled former leggie Kumble for the hot seat last week.
The quintet, who shared the Indian dressing room for over a decade in the 1990s and 2000s, are not only revered for their on-field exploits and clean image but also hailed for the laurels they helped the country win on foreign soil as also across the domestic grounds for years. Tendulkar, rated by the great Don Bradman as one who played like him, dominated World cricket for 24 years, pocketing almost all batting records.
Kumble served the country for 17 years between 1990 and 2007, picking up 956 international scalps, and is the highest Indian wicket taker in both Test matches and One-Day Internationals. Dravid, affectionately called the Mr Dependable of Indian batting, was known for his technical correctness and copybook cricket, besides being acknowledged as one of the greatest willowers of all times. Ganguly, a talismanic left-hand batsman and one of India’’s all-time best captains, was famous for his never-say-die attitude. He is regarded as one who moulded the team at the turn of the century into a tough fighting unit that consistently tasted success abroad. IANS
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