I share a good rapport with team members: Kumble

NORTH SOUND (ANTIGUA), Jul 21: In his first assignment as India coach, Anil Kumble today said he shared a good rapport with skipper Virat Kohli and the other team members and he’s looking forward to a long Test season ahead.

India today began their four-Test campaign against the West Indies here under new coach Kumble’s guidance.

“I have been a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (in IPL). We played together for three years and then also I have known him. He has matured a lot. He is good on the field and really aggressive, so that is something that he brings to the table,” said Kumble before the start of the first Test here.

“And his batting, we all know how good a player he is. The team has been blending really well and I felt really welcomed and that’s a good thing,” he added.

The 45-year-old legendary spinner said that his team is all geared up for the 15 Tests in the upcoming season.

“This team has really done well. It is a young team. Some of them are there in the Caribbean for the first time. So it would be a great experience. There are 4-5 seniors players as well who have played here. Most of them have played one-day cricket but not Test cricket. Really looking forward to the long season of Test cricket,” said Kumble.

The last time India had won an away Test series was in the West Indies and Kumble said it was a positive thing.

“That is something positive for us. First Test match is important. Look forward to starting on a good note,” he said.

India will seek to record a third consecutive Test series triumph on the Caribbean soil. (PTI)