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Kumble joins Mumbai, quits RCB

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 21, 2013

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Anil Kumble chats with Sachin Tendulkar, World Cup, Bangalore, February 24, 2011
Anil Kumble is set to work with Sachin Tendulkar at Mumbai Indians © AFP

Anil Kumble has joined Mumbai Indians as their chief mentor, stepping down from a similar role at Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kumble has been associated with Royal Challengers since the start of the IPL and explained that the move was related to his talent management firm Tenvic Sports.

He takes over from former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock and joins Mumbai Indians two weeks before the IPL auction, which is scheduled for February 3. Pollock started at Mumbai Indians as a player in 2008, before taking over as mentor.

"I have made this decision to take up a new assignment based on an opportunity that my company, Tenvic has been offered," Kumble said. "In my discussion with Reliance Group Management (the owners of Mumbai Indians), I find that they have a great and compelling vision for sports in this country, which aligns with my venture Tenvic Sports' aspirations in making 'sports' as the main catalyst of youth development."

Kumble has captained Royal Challengers to the final in 2009, and taken them to the semi-finals in the next year. "I have had an enjoyable association with RCB, as player, captain and mentor. During this period we have achieved most of our objectives and RCB has emerged as one of the leading franchises in the IPL."

Kumble, India's highest wicket-taker in Tests and ODIs, is also president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, which has been closely related with Royal Challengers in setting up cricket academies across Karnataka.

In 2011, controversy arose over Kumble's co-ownership of Tenvic that had on its books several young players who had been part of India squads but Kumble consistently denied any conflict of interest between his administrative and mentoring roles.

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Posted by LionSing on (January 23, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

Every team in a scamper to pick best possible players and coaches...for what?...to play CSK in finals!!!!!!!!

Posted by SpeedCricketThrills on (January 23, 2013, 2:48 GMT)

@StarHawk (& your ilk) - no one disputes the switch from RCB to MI - definitely his prerogative! Karnataka cricket is bleeding (they gave double tons to unknown tailenders! of unfancied teams). Karnataka cricket needs attention and surely Nero can't be fiddling while Bengaluru is burning! Had he not been KSCA President, no one would have raised any questions! Knowing Kumble of the last 1-2 years, he's not going to give a damn for these questions. And since BCCI is run by these types (only difference is other BCCI businessmen do not have conflict of interest), he'll be groomed into a larger role in BCCI.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (January 22, 2013, 22:14 GMT)

Karnataka state team and RCB is diff...RCB is a private franchise... Good luck Anil..

Posted by QingdaoXI on (January 22, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

MI needs to do following transfer this year 1) Munaf, Gibbs with S.Tiwary and Zaheer from RCB. 2) Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav with Abdulla from KKR. 3) Kartik, Rahul Shukla & Amitoze Singh with Rahane and Chavan from RR. 4) RP Singh, Suman, Ojha with Dhawan and Duminy from Sunrisers Hyderabad. 5) Franklin and Johnson with D.Bravo CSK. And finally buy Nayar, Starc, Hazelwood, Cutting, de Kock in Auction 2013. and Include Javed Khan, Shardul Thakur, Ishwar Pandey, Saxena from domestic cricuit to add all of the above with Sachin, Rayudu, Rohit, Pollard, Malinga, Nechim, Kulkarni, Tare, Marathe, H.Singh.

Posted by Princepurple1979 on (January 22, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

The only thing that matters is who is going to play CSK in the final! Kumble can joing where ever he wants, but with Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Vijay, Du plessis etc firing on all cylinders, there is little chance for any other teams!!

Posted by StarHawk on (January 22, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

@ Those who are preaching about money....if you got a better offer for a better job, wouldn't you leave as well?? RCB is a bit of a mess whether its the pool of players or the owners. Not just the mess with Kingfisher, also there were a lot of controversies last year surrounding the team as well. Maybe Kumble wanted to move on from all these distractions. Also, if you got a bigger payday somewhere else, who wouldn't say NO to it?? I'm sure none of these guys complaining about "money rules" would stick to their job if another place offers them a better payday. Grow up guys!

Posted by GURURAJKASHYAP on (January 22, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

I was very disappointed with the decision of Anil Kumble to move over to Mumbai Indians jettisoning RCB to further his business interest. Having known Anil for the last few decades, I did not expect this kind of turn around being the President of KSCA. He should have kept his business interest aside and concentrated on development of cricket in Karnataka by furthering his relation with RCB. To say the least, I did not expect this from a gentleman cricketer like Anil Kumble. I wish he would learn from Bill Gates.

Posted by LionSing on (January 22, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

Bangalore surely going to win this IPL.. Thalapathy07 ..ha ha..

Posted by LionSing on (January 22, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

RCB also going to be purchased by Chennai company like Deccan..CSK rocks and will win this year IPL like always!!!!!

Posted by CricketIsnotlife on (January 22, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

An opportunist. We don't expect this from someone like Kumble. How can he be the President of KSCA which by the way will be the home ground of RCB and then root for Mumbai Indians when they are playing in Bangalore against RCB. RCB may just be a franchise but to the common cricketer follower from Bangalore, it is a Bangalore team who they passionately follow and support. Kumble will lose all respect. Kumble is just following the money here and not his heart or brain.

Posted by Sameer-hbk on (January 22, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

I know a lot of people are caught up in meaningless 'IPL rivalries' and I guess that is what the franchises want anyway. But what interests me most is the fact that Pragyan Ojha is playing for Mumbai Indians and spending 6 weeks/year with a world class spinner who understands both Indian tracks and mindset better than anyone else in recent times should hopefully do him a world of good. Kumble was one of the main reasons we won so many test matches home in the last decade and despite Ojha being a different style bowler, I think the interactions will help a great deal in crafting a better Test bowler. Beyond that I really do not care for who wins IPL or what 'mentors' do. Oh, btw, another reason for the jump might be the currently tight purse strings of one Mr. Mallya :))

Posted by Thalapathy07 on (January 22, 2013, 7:50 GMT)

Bangalore surely going to win this IPL..

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (January 22, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

Doesn't really matter. He was not doing wonders for RCB anyway.

Posted by cricnanda on (January 22, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

A mentor is nothing but a cheerleader wearing the team's jersey.

Posted by kingcobra85 on (January 22, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

@here2rock He scouts for players according to the needs of the team. This is most probably close to a selector but his role has to a broader spectrum which doesnt limit him to just selection of the squad.

Posted by sweetspot on (January 22, 2013, 3:29 GMT)

He is a mentor, not a coach. If this is professionally followed, he won't have any say in who is selected, who plays, or even how that person plays. This is more along the lines of how to approach the game, how to prepare etc. Kumble might pass on his scowl as a weapon to anybody in the MI team that might dare to smile. I hope it doesn't rub off on Pollard or Dwayne Smith!

Posted by xylo on (January 22, 2013, 2:08 GMT)

The realization that the Mumbai Indians' owners are missing is the fact that just getting stars for your team does not make you strong. Especially when the person leading the team lacks any sort of captaincy skills. What Mumbai Indians need is a very good captain. Even Mushfiqur Rahim would be a good choice.

Posted by here2rock on (January 21, 2013, 22:44 GMT)

What does a chief mentor does anyway? Isn't this a captain's job? Too many unnecessary titles in cricket has been created. Isn't this a captain's job?

Posted by RogerC on (January 21, 2013, 22:33 GMT)

RCB needs Chris Gayle. No one else is critical.

Posted by TRAM on (January 21, 2013, 22:04 GMT)

Already Mumbai players are given too many chances (Rohit) due to support from SMG,SRT,RJS. Now Kumble will also be pushing more Mumbai players in to Indian team. Expect many to play for team India from Harbajan, Zaheer, Rayudu, RohitSharma, RPSingh, Kulkarni and newer faces ...

Posted by alchemist_sandeep on (January 21, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

good move by mi...it will be very useful for them as they lacking in big games like semifinal or final in last 2-3 season..

Posted by kc69 on (January 21, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

lol...money can buy anything...once again proven

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 21, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

Just money nothing else. He has nothing to offer.

Posted by LovedFansofIndianCricket on (January 21, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

I think KUMBLE's service may help his friend Bajji, Bajji may back to Indian Side as early as possible. I think this is the last chance for Rohith Sharma. There are 2 Chief Mentor In MI(SRT and Kumble)

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (January 21, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

If he helps Rayudu, India will have a winner in their team with a great fighting atitude

Posted by ShashidharHundi on (January 21, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

1st surprise of IPL - 2013. Being passioante Kumble fan & also RCB Supporter, I am not sure, whom to support this year. It is going to be a intersting season this year. lets watch out....

Posted by tententen on (January 21, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

the heart of an RCB fan grieves. another good soul goes for money. anyway RCB is not karnataka

Posted by kokapitt on (January 21, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

happy ews for mumbai indians...kumble is too precise of choosing players n even backing players of huge talent..

Posted by ashvenky on (January 21, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

Hi Anil, You have been one of my favorite Cricketers for commitment and Love for country added to your ability as a leg spin bowler. I sincerely feel you have made 2 mistakes here: 1) Leaving Bangalore whatever the issues with Kingfisher and what Reliance offers. 2) Not trying/ accepting role to coach spinners playing for India.

Can KF keep Gayle happy for 3rd year?

Cheers AVM

Posted by ravikini on (January 21, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

Obviously money rules.....!!. Good Luck Jumbo. .....:p. RCB Fan.

Posted by mngc on (January 21, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

One move that could make an improvement would be to use Pollard higher up the batting order. Last year the SR of the top order was way too low and restricted MI very badly. Sending him in when the side made 30 in 8 overs did not work.

Posted by SpeedCricketThrills on (January 21, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

Shocking and absolutely incompatible with his role as President, KSCA. He wears too many hats, his mind is clearly confused but not willing to give anything up! Hope the clubs in Karnataka realize that he cannot be the President of KSCA anymore and opt for someone whose heart doesn't flutter at the sight of every new opportunity!

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (January 21, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

My heartiest congratulations to the great man. Anil's move has come not a day too soon. With Kingfisher's problems it is just as well that he mentors Mumbai Indians which will always be financially sound.

Posted by Rohit... on (January 21, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

It was Kumble's influence that had prompted RCB to retain Kohli of all players... That too when Kohli himself was unsure of his calibre. Now which talented player from Mumbai will be given the backing?

Posted by nayonika on (January 21, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

Thank God, Kumble left RCB. Ono couldnt reconcile gentlemen players like Kumble and Dravid associated with the flamboyant jet set RCB crowd. Dravid left and now Kumble too. Good for them and their public image.

Posted by Chapp on (January 21, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

Huge loss for royal challengers bangalore!! :(

Posted by QingdaoXI on (January 21, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

Welcome to Mumbai Indians, Anil Bhau.....

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