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Anil Kumble’s resignation from the post of India’s head coach has already been popping in the headlines across the sports section of all the newspapers. The resignation causing havoc at every corners of Indian Cricket team has said to be emanated from the overflowing rift between the new Indian skipper Virat Kohli and the former leg spinner Anil Kumble. According to the spin great’s statement the rapport between him and the skipper Virat Kohli had begun to become “untenable”.

However putting water into the flames, a month ago the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had already demanded the applications for the post of the head coach of the national team. Although the head of the Committee of Administrators, Vinod Rai had initiated an endorsement through extending Kumble’s tenure as head coach till the upcoming tour off West Indies but Kumble didnt show any interest in that of his offer. Hence the responsibility to supervise the management of Indian team in the tour of West Indies lies in the shoulders of Dr Maturi Venkat Sridhar, the general manager of Cricket Operations. Here ES peruses the possibilities of the top 5 candidates who have reportedly made their submission as to become the head coach of Indian team.

1. Virender Sehwag:

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One of the mainstream front-runners of this coveted job, Virender Sehwag, a cricket turned commentator seemed to be approached beforehand by the BCCI for his submission as head coach. According to the report while being asked about the same he turned down the conjecture by admitting he hadn’t been contacted by any of the BCCI members although he didnt respond to the questions whether he would apply if he was asked for the same.

For: Sehwag after his retirement already has an upper hand in mentor-ship as he has been the mentor of the IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab in 2016 but later on he became the franchise’s head of operations for the recently-concluded season.

Against: Sehwag with his famous one liner gathered tons of fans in social media but his paucity in coaching expertise might create a problem while finalising his name for the Indian head coach. Apart from this his biased opinion and overtly extrovert nature might come in the way of a team’s discipline.

2. Tom Moody:

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He is a big name in this field as he has gathered lot of peaks in his coaching. His experienced endeavor in handling big names has already added the much needed flavor in his bag. He recently had a fantastic IPL season with Sunrisers Hyderabad. Although his side ended up their quest in the eliminator itself by losing against Kolkata Knight Riders but he himself as a coach marked the requisite mark in cricket.

For: His recent success already put him in the lead while his expertise and experience are always praise worthy hence his chances of getting selected is quite high as compare to others.

Against: The only odds against his candidature pops in mind is regard to the recent trends which has taken its leap in Indian cricket. In the last 17 years of Indian Cricket, only 15 years of time span had been given to the foreign recruits like John Wright, Gary Kirsten and Duncan Fletcher. Now this trend has now been shifted to the recruitment of Indian coaches like recent past Ravi Shastri and Anil Kumble donning the hats while Sanjay Bangar was at the charge for a short period.

3. Richard Pybus:

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Although this figure is not so famous in Cricket as a player himself as he didn’t play beyond a List A match in his entire career but his coaching graph is something one must cherish while looking for a new coach. he was the person who led the Pakistan team to reach the final in 1999 World Cup but then he lost his momentum in his second tenure of coaching outing for Bangladesh hence he he stepped down as the coach of Bangladesh within five months.

For: The past experience of this Englishman in Pakistan and Sri Lanka might be counted in his favor in the post of Indian head coach

Against: Although he doesn’t have a upper hand in handling a team of such stature like Indian cricket team. His short spells at Bangladesh and Middlesex (five months in 2007) might work against the team’s aspirations while the think-tank gears up for the 2019 World Cup.

4. Lalchand Rajpoot

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Following the same shoes like Moody, Rajpoot is the another candidate who couldn’t make the cut last year when Anil Kumble was selected for India’s head coach. His candidature seems well acquainted with the coaching set up as his past experience with U-19 and India A had been phenomenon.

For: Although he is not of the same stature like Kumble but his past experience in U-19 and India A might help him pick out fresh talents from the coterie of Indian players. Hence he could be the person to fit in the vacant spot left by Kumble.

Against: His taste in success in his coaching career can only be reviewed on the basis of the International side Afghanistan he had handled so far. Although the rest being either in the domestic set-up for the U-19 and A teams hence choosing him might actually mean opting for a gamble.

5. Dodda Ganesh:

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With just four Tests and an ODI, this man has bagged the most under-rated candidature among the names to have applied for the post. He has also been the coach of Goa from 2012 to 2016.

For: His coaching stints with Goa and the junior teams at the NCA, Ganesh might be holding a potential spot in the list of this top 5. He is the only name in the list who would perhaps never run into an ego clash with any player given his background.

Against: However, with no international experience, Ganesh might see a high-profile name take charge while he should be the last person in the dressing room to have an ego clash with any player.

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