Cricket facilities in the United States surprise Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble, had a great start to his coaching assignment and now faces a new challenge when India takes on West Indies in two T20Is on August 27 and 28 in Florida. The challenge for Kumble and the team will be in switching to the T20 mode.However, with MS Dhoni having flown in to lead the side, the Indian head coach is looking forward to work with his former team-mate.”This is the first time I will be working with Dhoni. We have played together over a long period of time and we had a chat as well. I’m really looking forward to working with him, and the new set of boys who have joined the team. It is nice to be a part of the Indian dressing room again,” Kumble told reporters at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground. (MS Dhoni to feature in just seven more games in 2016)Kumble was also surprised to see the facilities at the ground and said this series will definitely kick-start cricket in the United States of America. “Well, certainly didn’t expect the facilities to be as good as what it is here. I had heard about Florida and this ground, but I’m very impressed with the facilities that we have seen today. It is the first time I am seeing this ground and the wickets are good, ideal probably for a T20. The practice facilities, too, are good and the outfield is fantastic. All in all, really impressed with the way facilities are here.advertisement”At least a start has been made. India is looking forward to next couple of days over the weekend. I’m sure the ground will be packed. From an Indian perspective, we are looking forward to these T20 games against the West Indies,” the former legspinner said.T20 SWITCHThe Indian coach also admitted that it won’t be easy to switch from Test to T20 but was confident that the players will adapt quickly and give tough challenge to reigning World T20 champions, West Indies.”It is a mindset change and not easy to switch your focus from playing a Test series and coming into a T20 mode. Both bowlers and batsmen need to make adjustments. It is not easy, but all of us are professionals and they have played enough T20 cricket to adjust. It is more in the mind,” Kumble stated.India go into the series placed second in T20I rankings, four points apart from table-toppers New Zealand. But Kumble said, India won’t be thinking much about the rankings and rather focus on winning both the matches. (Whitewash of West Indies won’t be enough for India to get top T20I rank) “The rankings are on everyone’s mind and we keep hearing about it where you’re in terms of standings. But the critical point is you have to play some good cricket. Yes, the Test series victory was very good. Even if you look at India’s T20 record over the past six months, it has been pretty impressive, and that is something we would like to take forward in these games as well,” Kumble said.Prior to the T20Is, India had defeated West Indies 2-0 in the four-match Test series under the leadership of Virat Kohli.