“I think it is a very good move. He is a very well respected person, and someone who is involved with the ICC as well,” Walsh, who has 519 Test and 227 ODI wickets said.
Walsh, who is also a national selector, was present in St Kitts to watch the warm-up games and was seen enjoying dinner with the Indian coach. “He (Kumble) has always wanted to contribute and give something back to cricket and his heart is in the right place.
I am sure he will do everything in his power to ensure that Indian cricket stays at the top or even gets better,” said Walsh. “At the same time, I think he will help build the game further, and to me that is the bigger picture.
Sure he wants the Indian team to be number one, but he will not look after them alone. He is someone who wants to sort out Test cricket and the health of international cricket is at the top of his list as well. Having someone like him giving an input at the international level will be great,” he added.
“They will have immense respect for him because they will have seen him play all those years. Plus, Kumble has been involved with cricket quite a lot since he stopped playing and he knows the ins and outs of the current-day game. His passion is second to none, and it reflects in the way they are led by captain Virat Kohli,” said the West Indies selector.
Talking about the prospective relationship between captain and coach, Walsh said, “Well, I think Kumble will succeed in keeping him calm. But at the same time, I don’t think Kohli is a player who wants to go out there and not express himself. Kohli is like Kumble in that respect, and as coach, he will be able to guide and help him to achieve success.”
“I do believe that Virat Kohli is one of the top three batsmen in the world. They also have other exciting batting talents, Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma. All of them will be looking to make a mark in this series.
I am excited to see them play here, but at the same time, I also don’t want them to get too many runs against my team,” he added, with a smile.The former pacer was the first one to go past Kapil Dev s world record Test tally of 434 wickets, setting the mark for others at 519 Test wickets.
“I am certain they are hoping to make better pitches for the Test series. I am not holding a lot of hope though, because the wickets have definitely slowed down, perhaps a little too much. If we can somehow get more life in them, maybe leave a little more grass and get some good bounce, it would be reasonable,” said the legendary bowler.
“An Indian team’s tour in the Caribbean is something the public here always looks forward to, and the players as well. They look eager to perform, and we are in for an interesting and intriguing Test summer.”