Former India opener Virender Sehwag and Australia's Tom Moody are reported to be among the possible replacements for Kumble, whose contract ran out after the Champions Trophy. Sehwag, who seems to be the frontrunner for the job, believes it would be tough for anyone to match Kumble's success as coach. "The way this Indian team has performed under his coaching, I doubt whether anybody else will be able to replicate his success," Sehwag told UC News, an online data provider. "I don't know about his coaching style but as a player, as an individual and as a senior he is just brilliant," said Sehwag, who played under Kumble's Test captaincy. Sambit Bal, editor in chief of ESPNCricinfo.com, said the manner of Kumble's exit set an unwelcome precedent for Indian cricket. "I think that sets a bad precedent really... it's really a case where the BCCI has backed the captain over the coach," he said. "The message is sent out to the next coach: fall into line or else," added Bal. A three-man panel of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, who picked Kumble in June last year, will deliberate over Kumble's replacement. As well as Sehwag and Moody, reports say other candidates are Englishman Richard Pybus, who has coached Pakistan and Bangladesh, former India manager Lalchand Rajput and ex-paceman Dodda Ganesh. An Indian Express column said the pressures of modern cricket demanded a "strong chain of command". "Giving veto powers to the captain and players over coaches sits at odds with the direction cricket is moving in," the column said. "Indian cricket has once again endorsed that captain is more important than a coach," it added.
Thank you! pic.twitter.com/eF5qVzdBRj— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) June 20, 2017