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Newsmaker: Anil Kumble

Taking a Jumbo leap

Newsmaker: Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble was always destined to be a coach. That he turned out to be India’s greatest bowler is a splendid bonus that we should gleefully embrace. But the studious brain, the fierce eyes and the contemplative face were always meant for just one thing: the master’s chair. Earlier this week, Kumble shrugged off competition from a host of candidates — including the now vengeful Ravi Shastri — to land the most prestigious job in Indian sport. Former Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad later admitted that he would not have even bothered to apply for the post had he known ...