Indian Test cricket captain and Bangalore IPL star Anil Kumble feels the country can become the World Number 1 by the end of this year if the team can maintain the winning momentum.
India went down to Australia 2-1 in the fourth Test after a controversy marred Sydney Test, but went on to win the Perth Test and drew in Adelaide, winning accolades amid accusations of poor umpiring. Later, the ODI team led by M S Dhoni beat Australia convincingly in the tri-series final 2-0.
Australia is scheduled to tour India this year, but India takes on South Africa this month.
Anil Kumble took over the captaincy of the Test Team after his Bangalore IPL mate Rahul Dravid stepped down from captaincy.
Anil Kumble told an international wire agency that the Test team’s performance inspired the ODI team also. Anil Kumble also said he would like to put his team at least near the top slot before he retires. Anil Kumble is now 37.
India’s newly appointed coach Gary Kirsten has said he would also guide seniors of the side to retirement planning in such a way that there is no vacuum felt after they cal it a day.
Indian trio of Sachin Tendulkar of Mumbai IPL, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly of Kolkata IPL are expected to retire during Gary Kirsten’s tenure.