Anil Kumble defaulted to skipper status.
What he said:
“‘ok, Anil is the only guy and let’s give it to him’.”
Anil Kumble tells a tale of his ascendancy to the most exalted position in Indian cricket—the captaincy of the national side.
“I became captain after representing India for 17 years, so, probably, I became captain by default… Because nobody else wanted it..
Rahul Dravid had just given up the captaincy and at that time, it was probably too early for (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni to step in as the Test captain… Sachin (Tendulkar) also did not want it… So they looked around and said ‘ok, Anil is the only guy and let’s give it to him’.”
What he really meant:
“I was the only one in the Fab Five (Sachin, Saurav, Laxman, Kumble and Dravid) willing to take up the onus of leading the country. I got it not because they felt I was the most deserving candidate but because they felt they could not risk putting Dhoni in the hot seat for a tour of Australia right then. It was way too early and he could have fizzled out given the additional pressure. At least, that was the opinion of the then bigwigs (selection committee).”
What he definitely didn’t:
“I wanted it, though, oh , how I wanted it. And I made it mine and how. Success—thy name is desire.”