Anil Kumble bats for separate Indian teams in Test and white-ball cricket

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Former India captain and coach Anil Kumble believes that having totally different teams in limited overs and the Test format is the way forward for the country in international cricket. England’s resounding success in the ODIs and T20Is has sparked debate for different white and red ball cricket teams and coaches. “Certainly you need separate teams. You definitely need T20 specialists. I think what this English team has shown and even the last World Cup (T20) champions Australia have shown that you have to invest in a lot of versatile players. Look at the batting order,” Kumble told ESPNcricinfo.

“Today, Liam Livingstone is at No. 7. No other team has a No. 7 of Livingstone’s quality. (Marcus) Stoinis comes in at No. 6 (for Australia). That’s the kind of team you have to build. It’s something you have to invest in.

“I don’t really know if you need another captain or another coach. It all depends on which team you go for and then how you want to build the support and leadership around it. .” Former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody says the separation of coaches should be seriously considered by international teams. England have Brendon McCullum as test coach and Matthew Mott as white ball coach.

“I think there’s no doubt that moving forward, whether it’s player management or support, there has to be a serious examination of this separation.

“It looks like England have quite a huge difference between their red ball team and their white ball team. They’ve created quality depth,” Moody told the cricket website after England won their second T20 World Cup title.


“As for England being the best white ball team (ever), I don’t think they are there yet. If they had won in the United Arab Emirates last T20 World Cup, you could make an argument, but they weren’t there in that one. So they missed a World Cup there. They missed that kind of one-cycle dominance. Moody said that the demands placed on the players and team management involved in all formats are enormous.

“The price of success is extremely exhausting. If you have to prepare properly, it’s very difficult to manage it with three formats,” Moody said.

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