Former India captain Anil Kumble has reportedly applied for the position of Team India's head coach.
According to meida reports, 57 people have applied for the position advertised by the BCCI recently and the legendary legspinner is one of hte most prominent applicants in the list.
The deadline for the applications closed on June 10 and on Sunday the BCCI announced that 57 applications had been received from both Indian and overseas candidates.
Some of the other prominent Indian names in the ring are India cricket team's former Team Director Ravi Shastri, India's current chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil,
Kumble may not have any coaching experience at any level, but he has been a mentor in the IPL, initially with Royal Challengers Bangalore, where he was the captain in 2009 when the franchise finished as runners-up. Later, Kumble served as a mentor at Mumbai Indians.
A true legend on and off the field, Kumble has an enviable record of having taken 956 international wickets (619 in Tests and 337 in ODIs) and having also led India ably.
The BCCI is expected to pick the coach ahead of India's tour of the West Indies, which starts next month, where Virat Kohli’s men will play four Tests. India then has a tiring home-season, featuring 13 Tests, with teams from New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia all visiting our shores.
According to the BCCI's latest press release, "The scrutiny of the applications received is now being carried out by the office of the honorary secretary (Ajay Shirke) of the BCCI. After this initial scrutiny, the list of candidates who meet the criteria will be processed for further consideration."
The final decision on who is the next India coach is likely to be announced after the BCCI working committee meeting in Dharamsala on June 25.
But all that doesn't matter to the people of Twitterverse, who have decided that the leggie from Karnataka is the best bet to guide the team into the future.
Most people, including India veteran offie Harbhajan Singh, are backing him to go a great job.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE TWEETS
Anil Kumble head coach Rahul Dravid batting coach and Srinath bowling coach - why not? :)— Chandrashekhar (@ckumbar) June 13, 2016
Anil kumble is best choice for coach role.. Hopefully @BCCI chooses him— Akshay nr (@akshaynr_gowda) June 13, 2016
Anil Kumble: naam hi kaafi hai. but please don't start a petition to get him the job.— marv (@umm_err) June 13, 2016
Any day Anil kumble is the best choice than Ravi shashtri..@BCCI .please bring him on board..!!— Chaitu (@chy2u) June 13, 2016
So far only Anil Kumble is right person and deserving candidate for Indian cricket team as a head coach— Captain Jack Sparrow (@aashu0108) June 13, 2016
Of all the names leaked out for the head coach position for Indian Cricket Team Anil Kumble is the most promising. #jumbo all the way— kartiklanka (@kartiklanka) June 13, 2016
RT if you want Anil Kumble to become the head coach of Indian Cricket team.— Pramitha (@Pammiz) June 13, 2016
Anil kumble has also applied seems like job of Indian coach is like reliance Jio 4G Sim who everyone wants but not with a baggage of phone— Amit Kumar (@amitkumarz) June 13, 2016