Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble combination will be potent for India: Greg Chappell

first_imgFormer coach Greg Chappell has given thumbs up to the appointment of Anil Kumble as the head coach of Indian cricket team, terming it an ‘inspired choice.’Kumble piped 56 other candidates including the likes of former Team India director Ravi Shastri and Australia great Tom Moody on his way to become the head coach. The Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman decided in favour of Kumble after interviewing shortlisted candidates. (Also read: Anil Kumble to double up as bowling coach in West Indies) ‘PARTNERSHIP WILL SERVE INDIA WELL’ Chappell said India’s Test captain Virat Kohli is lucky to have Kumble around in the dressing room.”Virat Kohli is lucky to have a man of Kumble’s undoubted strengths as his ally. It will be a powerful partnership that I expect will serve India well,” Chappell wrote in his column for The Hindu. (‘Honoured’ Anil Kumble ready for ‘big responsibility’)Chappell was optimistic that Kumble, with whom he had closely worked during his tenure as India coach between 2005 and 2007, would take the back seat and support Kohli. The former Australia batsman said the captain-coach partnership in cricket is very different from other sports and went on add why he thinks Kumble and Kohli will forge a successful combination.’KUMBLE WILL SUPPORT VIRAT WITHOUT UNDERMINING HIM’ “In cricket it is a joint venture off the field, but on the field, the captain must be the boss and must be seen as the boss by his players or his authority will be undermined. (Also read: Anil Kumble says interview with Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman was nerve-racking) advertisement”Kumble knows this and will work closely with and support Virat without undermining him. Virat on the other hand will continue to be a good role model for his group as he works hard on all aspects of his game.” (Also read: Heartiest welcome to Anil Kumble as India coach, says Virat Kohli)’LACK OF DILIGENT PREPARATION’ While heaping praise on Kumble, the controversial former India coach hit out at the cricketing culture in the country saying the teams in the past had not worked hard but took short-cuts.”Indian cricket has never reached the heights that it should because it has relied too much on natural ability and flair rather than diligent preparation. Too often in the past, Indian teams have tried to take short-cuts rather than work hard so any success has been fleeting.”Adding his appointment in 2005 was focussed to bring about a change in the set-up, Chappell took a dig at Ganguly indicating the former India captain failed to cooperate and lead by example.TARGETS GANGULY It is common knowledge that Ganguly shared a frosty relationship with Chappell. Ganguly, like always, lashed out at Chappell before the start of the coach’s selection process. At a media interaction days before the final interviews, Ganguly said he wouldn’t dare to repeat the mistake he made back in 2005. Notably, it was the then captain Ganguly who had thrown his weight behind Chappell for India coach role.  However, Chappell went on to prefer Dravid over Ganguly and the left-hander was even dropped from the ODI side.   “I once had an opportunity to select the coach. I thought I messed it up in 2005. I’m given that opportunity again. Hopefully we will do it correctly this time,” Ganguly said.Chappell hit back by saying that the Indian skippers who tried to lead from the front were failed by lack of support from key team members.”This has rarely happened in India’s cricket history. Pataudi, Dravid and Kumble are the exceptions. They tried to lead by example, but failed because they either didn’t have enough talent or didn’t get the support they needed from key individuals,” he said.WARNING BELL Chappell opined that Kumble’s fighting spirit might not be able to save the Indian team if the leg-spinner didn’t get support from all the key stakeholders in the team.”The level of expectation that has greeted Kumble’s appointment borders on unrealistic so, unless he gets the support of all of the key stakeholders, it may prove to be too much even for his indomitable spirit.”last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterTauck Australia has announced three cruises commencing in April 2020 aboard Tauck’s new 84-passenger Douro Riverboat.Purpose-built by Scylla for cruising to historic quintas and picturesque villages along Portugal’s golden Douro River from coastal Porto to the Spanish border, the riverboat will feature five cabin categories: 12 Category 5 Tauck Suites, 20 Categories 4 and 3, six Category 2 cabins and four Category 1 cabins. Most have floor-to-ceiling windows with real French balconies, and all have in-room movies, mini bar, adjustable heating and cooling, private bathroom and shower with pampering toiletries. In addition to the main dining room, The Compass Rose, the ship also features Arthur’s, a second dining venue offering casual fare.An artist rendering of Tauck’s yet-to-be named Douro RiverboatCruise itineraries and dates on the 80-metre ship are as follows, with full pricing to be available in February 2019:12-day Exploring the Douro, plus Lisbon & MadridDiscover the Iberian Peninsula’s riverside gems, accompanied by two-night land stays in Lisbon and Madrid. Lisbon invites discoveries of then and now in a delightfully paced parade of monumental sites, palaces and azulejos chronicling life from Moorish times to present day. Discover fascinating Porto while in the Douro Valley, white-painted quinta estates lined with terraced vineyards, a rich multicultural heritage, unique grape varieties and a fantastic climate. Visit museums, monasteries, castles, riverside wine estates and picture-perfect villages such as Pinhão. See Madrid’s 13th-century university, Plaza Mayor, and museums royally inspired. Enjoy culinary creations that make small bites an art and a bevy of Baroque and belle époque architecture.Departures eastbound ex-Lisbon to Madrid: 8 April, 6 and 27 May, 14 July, 11 August, 8 September, 6 October 2020. Departures westbound ex-Madrid to Lisbon: 15 April, 13 May, 3 June, 21 July, 18 August, 15 September, 13 October 2020.Seven-night Douro DiscoveryStart with a two-night stay in Lisbon, setting foot where the world’s first explorers set sail and visiting a palace, historic monuments and museums. Then embark your riverboat in Porto, home to port wine, storytelling mosaics, Harry Potter influences and sightseeing aboard a 19th-century tram and a funicular railway. In the Douro River Valley, cruise through the oldest winemaking region in the world, where prehistoric artists created rock art, Romans planted vines in the second century, and monasteries, castles and quintas date back to the Middle Ages. Make this a family adventure for every age and generation exploring Portuguese ports of call from Lisbon and Porto to Pinhão and Peso da Régua, visiting landmarks on a guided tour, riding the rails back in time, hiking or bicycling through picturesque vineyard and enjoying onboard fun with parties, games and a pool on the sun deck.Departures ex-Porto (return): 24 June, 29 June, 4 July, 9 July 2020.Eight-day Villages and VintagesExperience an authentic taste of daily life in the Douro River Valley, steeped in a legacy of winemaking for more than 2,000 years. Enjoy wine tastings at picturesque quintas hosted by expert winemakers. Visit villages, a museum, a palace and a prehistoric site and view azulejo-tiled stories. In Porto, discover the essence of world-famous Port wine in the historic seaside city where it was perfected, with private tastings and sightseeing. See traditional Rabelo boats carrying barrels of regionally produced Port wine bound for aging casks in Porto, set sail from the scenic wine-terraced town of Peso da Régua as Pinhão seems to have emerged straight out of a postcard, offering up-close exploration on a choice of activities including hiking and al fresco wine tasting. Pocinho is the perfect place to visit hidden gems, like the Palaeolithic rock art of Foz Côa and medieval ramparts of Castelo Rodrigo.Departures ex-Porto (return): 3 and 24 April, 1 May and 22 May, 12 and 19 June, 30 July, 6 and 27 August, 3 and 24 September and 1, 22 and 29 October, 2020.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more