New Delhi, June 23: Social media on Thursday (June 23) congratulated former India captain Anil Kumble after he was appointed as India's new Head Coach for a period of 1 year, by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The 45-year-old Kumble, India's highest wicket-taker (3rd in the world) in Tests with 619 scalps and one of the respected voices in the cricket world, got the nod over Ravi Shastri and other 20 candidates.
'Jumbo' Kumble's first assignment will be the tour of the Caribbean where India play 4 Tests from next month (July) against the West Indies.
Speaking about the new responsibility and upcoming challenges he faces, Kumble said, "It's a huge responsibility, ready to take this role. Coaches come later, it's always players first. Strategy will be to win."
Here's how fans and experts reacted after Kumble was chosen for the coveted post:
Heartiest welcome to @anilkumble1074 Sir. Look forward to your tenure with us. Great things in store for Indian Cricket with you 😊— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 23, 2016
Congratulations Anil bhai, look forward taking Team India to the next level @anilkumble1074— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) June 24, 2016
Congratulations jumbo!. @anilkumble1074 hope your experience and legacy can take Indian cricket to greater heights! All the best!— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 23, 2016
The Indian cricket team now has a coach who will put his heart & soul in the job. Anil Kumble knows no other way of working.— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) June 23, 2016
Jumbo news 4Team India.Congrats @anilkumble1074— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 23, 2016
To have a coach who cud play wid broken jaw wud be an inspiration fr guys in dressing room.
Congrats & best of luck to @anilkumble1074. Unfortunate for Shastri. But would have thought appointment to be at least till 2019 World Cup.— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) June 23, 2016
Congratulations! Anil Kumble, for your appointment as India cricket team's head coach. https://t.co/H41bYT4Bu4— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) June 23, 2016
Anil Kumble will be an excellent organiser and a top team man. And knowing him, he will respect the fact that the captain runs the team.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 23, 2016
Great choice @anilkumble1074 as Indian coach. Senior yet contemporary. This team has enough ebullient players. Ideal to have a calmer coach— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) June 23, 2016
A three-year contract would have been better. But Anil Kumble, who relishes a challenge, can make a powerful & progressive impact in a year.— N. Ram (@nramind) June 23, 2016
So the coaches of the senior Indian team & India U19 team are from Karnataka - namely Anil Kumble & Rahul Dravid. https://t.co/z9dqsYCys7— Arun Gopalakrishnan (@statanalyst) June 23, 2016
No bowler in history won India more Test matches thanAnil Kumble, congrats sir⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐🙏🙏🙏👏👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/kwRMI0ZzlL— Gourav Deep Das (@Realtalkerme) June 23, 2016