New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday appointed former captain Anil Kumble as coach of the Indian cricket team.
Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly worked closely with the Indian board in short listing and eventually selecting the new coach.
The leg-spinner faced stiff competition from former team director Ravi Shastri and chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil for the top job.
Interestingly, India's Test skipper and some of his players are believed to have conveyed to BCCI about Shastri being their preferred candidate.
In fact, Kohli and co were in favour of the former India all-rounder being offered an extension.
Shastri and his support staff worked with the Indian team for a period of 18 months with great degree of success.
In fact Shastri's carefree and positive attitude was liked by the players. During his time with the team, one only heard great things about Shastri from his players.
Despite Virat's clear preference, the three-man CAC and BCCI opted for Kumble as the new coach.
It would now be interesting to see how the legendary leg-spinner gels with the young Test side on his first assignment.