Kumble: Focus will be on overseas record

Speaking to bcci.tv, Kumble said: "This [overseas record] is something I wanted to commit to. You'll have lot of time to strategise. The team needs to be really fit to meet the demands of Test cricket."

Anil Kumble is geared up for the four Test series against West Indies.   -  K. Bhagya Prakash

Despite India’s domination in Tests at home of late, India’s new coach, Anil Kumble, is aware of its struggle overseas and promised to improve the record in his tenure. India’s series victory in Sri Lanka last year was its first abroad since 2011.

Speaking to bcci.tv, Kumble said: “This [overseas record] is something I wanted to commit to. You'll have lot of time to strategise. The team needs to be really fit to meet the demands of Test cricket.”

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Kumble’s geared up for his immediate challenge -- a four Test series in the West Indies, where, he says, “the conditions are not that different to India.” A preparatory camp in Bengaluru ahead of the tour will give Kumble enough time to get the team ready for the tour.

“Bowling, getting 20 wickets in Test cricket will win you matches. That's the focus and we'll take it from there. Batting, we have some great talent there. I believe this team has the potential.”

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Kumble said he’s spoken to India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli and awaits Mahendra Singh Dhoni from Zimbabwe.

‘WILL BUILD LEADERS’

The veteran leg-spinner said he is looking to develop the talented ones in the team into leaders.

“Having been with the Indian team for such a long time and having had various experiences of not just conditions, but outside the cricket field, when you're a coach, you're not just coach on the field but also off it.

You're trying to build personalities, trying to build leaders. That's how I'd like to look at this team. There is some wonderful talent, you need to make leaders out of them, try and understand what ticks them. It's not a quick fix, you have to understand and then take a call.”

‘IT WAS MY FIRST JOB INTERVIEW’

The final step to becoming the coach was an interview with his former teammates Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V. V. S. Laxman. And, this was Kumble’s first job interview.

“It was the first interview I am attending… I’ve attended a couple of club membership interviews. Other than that, to seek a job, this was my first interview,” he said.

“Of course, my colleagues -- Sachin, Dada and Laxman -- with whom I’ve played throughout my career were on the other side of the table. So, it was very strange. It was quite nerve-wracking.

But it was good to present my plan. The best part is I’ve played with the three of them and with Rahul taking care of the junior team, the five of us would once again see what we can do to take Indian cricket forward.”