Kumble-Kohli combo on track to improve overseas Test record: Adam Gilchrist

Former Australian wicket-keeper said that Anil Kumble is an experienced and respected cricketer and his appointment will guide the team in the right direction

Australia’s legendary wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist has hailed the appointment of Anil Kumble as the Indian cricket team’s head coach, saying the combination of leg-spin great and Test skipper Virat Kohli is already showing positive signs in improving their overseas record in the longest format of the game.

After being appointed as head coach of India in June, former India captain Kumble has begun his new spell in style by helping the national side to comfortable Test series victory against hosts West Indies with a match still to be played. The win also propelled India to No.1 position in International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings.

“It’s a fine appointment. He (Kumble) is a respected player and person who will guide the team in the right direction,” Gilchrist told IANS in an exclusive interview here.

“The Kumble-Kohli combination has every chance of getting and retaining number 1 spot (Test). Their key focus will be on improving their overseas record; there are already positive signs of this from the win in West Indies,” he added.

Considered as one of the most explosive batsmen in his era, Gilchrist came in defence of India’s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying that the 2011 World Cup-winning skipper definitely has still a lot to offer for his national side.

He also added that Kohli should not be rushed to take up captaincy in all three formats.

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