Kumble planning to take Wright approach


Anil Kumble plans to use the experience of playing under John Wright and Gary Kirsten to his advantage in his new role as India head coach.

India's record wicket-taker in Tests and ODIs was named as the man to lead the country on Thursday, signing a one-year contract.

Kumble is devoid of major coaching experience, but says he will be influenced by former India coaches Wright and Kirsten when he gets to work.

The former leg-spinner told bcci.tv: "I played a lot under John Wright, he's been a great influence on how I'll go about [the role], in terms of being in the background.

"When I became a mentor for Mumbai Indians, I brought John in because he understood a lot about Indian culture and then the way coaches work. So I'll pick his brain.

"I was involved with Gary Kirsten only for the Test matches, a very short period. He was, again, someone who worked in the background and didn't make himself visible. Exactly how I'd like to work as well.

"Not in the front, but behind the scenes."

Kumble stated the importance of improving India's record on tour, with a trip to the West Indies their first challenge during his tenure next month.

He added: "I'm really excited. 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.

"There are a lot of Tests coming up - the first four are in West Indies where the conditions are not that different to India. The Indian conditions are where we are comfortable.

"Focus will be on our overseas record and the mind-set we have to address from home itself. We'll sit down and make a plan to ensure that we train towards achieving those goals."