A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Anil Kumble steps down as chief mentor of RCB to take up similar position for MI

Kumble is looking forward to his new role and a change of environment

Former India leg-spinner Anil Kumble has stepped down from his role as chief mentor of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) only to take up the same role for the Mumbai Indians (MI).

Kumble had been a part of the RCB franchise since the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008.

Kumble will replace former South Africa pace bowler Shaun Pollock and is looking to make an impact by leading the MI to victory in this year’s edition of the IPL, which gets underway on April 3.

“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.”

During his time with RCB, Kumble had captained the team to the finals of the 2009 edition and also taken them to the semi-finals the year after.

“I have had an enjoyable association with RCB, as player, captain and mentor,” Kumble added. “During this period we have achieved most of our objectives and RCB has emerged as one of the leading franchises in the IPL.”

Kumble is also president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, which has been instrumental is setting up cricket academies all over the state.

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