India coach Anil Kumble said he was excited to work alongside limited-overs skipper MS Dhoni for the first time.
“This is the first time that I’ll be working with MS, obviously we have played together over a long period of time and we had a chat yesterday and today as well.
“I’m really looking forward to working with him and the new set of boys like Bumrah, who’s joined as well. I’ve worked with him in the IPL so it’s nice to be a part of the India dressing room again.“
Calling the shift from Tests to T20s mainly as a “mindset change“, Kumble said he was aware of the change they may see in their eighth-ranked opposition.
“West Indies have always been a tough side, they are the T20 world champions. About the shift that we need to make from Test cricket to T20, the West Indies players may not have to do that because some of them are coming straight from the CPL. They are quality cricketers and have shown consistently how good they are and we had a tough match in the semifinals of the T20 World Cup as well. “In terms of the quality that we are going to encounter, we are aware of that. It’s going to be a challenge and I think the Indian team has done really well over the last six months as a T20 side as well so that’s something that we are looking forward to.“
Impressed by the facilities at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium, the only ICC certified ODI standard stadium here, Indian coach Anil Kumble said the two T20 Internationals against West Indies is the start of a “new beginning“ for cricket in the USA.
Kumble said, “It’s a wonderful initiative and we are really looking forward to our matches here, it’s going to be a sellout. We know US, the expats and the huge Indian diaspora who want quality cricket to come to the US.
“We have played in the past in the West Indies and a lot of Indians come over from the US to watch us. So this is a great opportunity for all of them and I’m sure this is the start of a new beginning in the United States and I’m sure there will be a lot more of the Indian team in the US going forward. I didn’t expect the facilities to be as good.“