Indian bowlers must think as leaders, feels coach Anil Kumble

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Bengaluru, June 29: Presenting a fair idea of his leadership style in the role of India coach, Anil Kumble today said he will try to inculcate self belief in his bowlers as he wants them to develop as leaders.

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Kumble, himself an inspiring figure in his playing days, today had his first interaction with the players after taking over as chief coach as the training camp for the West Indies tour began here.

Indian bowlers must think as leaders, feels coach Anil Kumble

"I will try and observe how the team is shaping up and at this point in time, I would like to look at the bowlers. That is something I am looking at...get closer to the bowlers and understand what their needs are and then probably looking at bringing in a fast bowling coach. That is a consideration I am thinking of. Bowling is one area where I can contribute," Kumble said at a press conference.

"When I was a player, I used to feel that you are the captain of your own bowling, which I would like to try and inculcate, especially in the bowling group. That is important. All of them must believe that they are leaders," he added.

The former India captain, who ended his career as the third-highest wicket taker in the world, said he understands the role of a mentor and insisted he would be quietly helping the playing by staying in the background.

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"Looking at the challenges in the field, I will try to prepare the team. We, the support staff would be working in the background. Players will be in the front. I have been the player and now I am the coach, so I understand both the roles well. It is a different role and I certainly understand the role," he said.

"The role of staying in the background and it is the captain who takes all the calls on the field. I can only assist him in giving him whatever necessary informations in terms of strategy, be it preparation. And whatever experience I have as a captain and player," Kumble added.

The 45-year-old new coach said that it was important to communicate with all the players, including the ones who would not make it to the playing XI.

"It's the captain who is incharge. As a coach I need to organise preparations for the team and giving informed input to captain and the team to strategise better, inclusive of every player. It's not just 11 who are going to play but also six or seven who are not going to play.

"I was dropped and not chosen for a tour, I understand being the most important member of the team to be dropped. I understand that communications during such times is critical for a coach to pick up the phone and say 'dont worry'. Hopefully I will succeed in communicating with the players."

PTI

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