The head coach of Kings X1 Punjab, Anil Kumble, said that M.S. Dhoni will give 100 percent even after his retirement from international cricket.
Anil Kumble said that M.S. Dhoni will have the same amount of motivation as before though he has retired from international cricket. He adds that Dhoni will definitely give 100 percent in the upcoming IPL matches. Kumble gave his own example. He had retired from the game of cricket in the year 2008 and had played IPL in the year 2009.
He was speaking to the media from Dubai. He is based here with his team of Kings X1 Punjab (KXIP) and is the head coach of this team. He said that he wished to seem more Indian coaches in the IPL.
Anil Kumble is the only Indian coach in an IPL franchise and the irony of this is not lost on him. He feels that this statistic is not the real reflection of the coaching resources of India.
The squad-roster of the IPL shows that seven of the franchises have head coaches who are not Indian. These are Brendon McCullum of Kolkata Knight Riders, Ricky Ponting of Delhi Capitals, Stephen Fleming of the Chennai Super Kings, Trevor Bayliss of SunRisers Hyderabad, Mahela Jaywardene of the Mumbai Indians, Andrew McDonald of Rajasthan Royals, and Simon Katich of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Anil Kumble further added that he feels there will be an increase in the number of Indian coaches sometime in the near future.
KX1P has a strong squad at their disposal this time and are aiming to go all the way. They have never won the IPL. Deciding on the best Indian players is going to be tough but at the same time, picking four recruits from overseas will be even tougher.
Kumble told the media that Gale will be more involved within the group of leadership this season and his role as a mentor will be as important as his hitting.
The other players from overseas for the KX1P are Chris Jordan, Glenn Maxwell, and Nicholas Pooran who is ‘in-form’, Jimmy Neesham, Hardus Viljoen, Mujeeb Zadran, and Sheldon Cottrell. Sheldon Cottrell has bought-in a good amount of 8.5 crores.
Anil Kumble added that the conditions at the main ground are yet to be seen as they have only been practicing so far.
Kumble feels that Chris has a major role to play not only as a player but even otherwise. His experience, his leadership is what the youngsters look to him for. It is not Chris, the batsman you are looking for but also Chris as a leader in his contribution to the development of young players. Kumble personally wants him to be active in the role of a mentor.
The foreign players picking Indian players are a challenge and the on-going practice sessions will give a clear picture of the best combination.
Kumble said that they had a strong team and all that was required was an impact player in the middle order, not only for fielding and batting but also for bowling.