Anil Kumble can’t have issues with anyone, says Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh believes only the players can clear the air and in his 15 years of playing with Anil Kumble, there was no instance of the former Indian skipper indulging in a fight with any teammate.

By: Express Web Desk | Published:May 31, 2017 11:34 pm
Harbhajan Singh has also played with Anil Kumble in the IPL for the three-times champions Mumbai Indians. (Source: Express File)

With growing speculations regarding the situation between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble, veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh has come out in support of his former teammate and said that in his 15 years of cricketing career, there was no instance of Kumble indulging in a fight with any teammate or any player.

“Only present players will be able to tell what his relations with Anil bhai are. In my 15 years of playing with him, there has been no instance of any fight with him and he’s the best bowling mind in cricket, he’s always there to help. He’s been brilliant and he has played a major role in making me what I am today and I would like to thank him for that, ” Harbhajan said at the Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket 2017 conclave.

Kumble’s tenure as the head coach of the Indian cricket team comes to an end at the end of the ICC Champions Trophy. Right after team India’s departure, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) invited applications for a new head coach. This move by the governing body also paved way for speculations that either the board is unhappy with Kumble’s approach, who has been asking for pay hike or some of the players are unhappy with Kumble as there is no freedom in the dressing room.

During Kumble’s tenure, team India regained top spot in the ICC Test team ranking and has been unbeaten and won series against West Indies, England, New Zealand, Bangladesh and Australia. Harbhajan believes the impressive performance of the Indian team under Kumble in the past one year speaks for itself.

“Anil Kumble is strict, you can always talk to him about cricket. He’s very hard working and believes that one shouldn’t leave the match till the last ball. He’s strict but he responds to hard work more than just talent. As a coach, I am sure he’s going to bring a lot of good to Indian cricket. One can also see his results of last year.”

The 36-year old spinner, who has played 103 Tests and has taken over 400 wickets in the longer format, said that the former Indian skipper is not that sort of a person who will have issues with the players.

“I am not a part of this team so I don’t know how Anil Bhai is running the team and I don’t talk to players about what is going on and all. If someone has issues with Kumble, he should go and talk to him because he’s a person of respect and as per my experience, he can’t have issues with anyone. Conversation is the key to solving the issue if there’s any. He’s someone who’s at the top and there’s no one who can fill his shoes easily,” Harbhajan concluded.

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  1. G
    Jun 1, 2017 at 8:00 am
    Simple guys. Kohli is finding a scapegoat for not defending the Champions trophy.
    1. M
      Jun 1, 2017 at 7:40 am
      I think the case is very simple. The coach is head of the team. He makes decision based on experience. Here Kumble is the head with solid experience. If Kohli has issues or players have issues then they should be told to fall in line. Because Kohli is a so called star player which does not mean that the coach should be sacked. A team is a creation of the coach not of the captain. Captain is just a player like any other. Besides he was selected by a solid panel of experienced cricketers and that should over ride everything else. Media please do not fan the fire on this cos Kumble is a clear winner and if Kohli has a problem he should be replaced with a another captain not vise veras
      1. G
        Jun 1, 2017 at 8:03 am
        Medias are corporate governed . The corprates have invested in Kohli too. To keep the status quo of Kohli , they will resort to any rubbish.
      2. R
        Jun 1, 2017 at 3:09 am
        Indians are sour grapes. Indian cricket team cannot work with foreign coaches as well as their own men Lazy fellas
        1. R
          RAJU KAPOOR
          Jun 1, 2017 at 2:03 am
          Kumble is not the problem, the culprit is arrogant Kohli and he wants to be surrounded by Chamchas for his longer tenure in Indian cricket. Kohli is not that great either in cricket or his personal attributes. Kohli will fall on his own sword for sure. Make Ashwin, the calm and calculative , educated as Captain. HE COMMANDS GOOD RESPECT FROM OVERSEAS CAPTAINS AND PLAYERS
          1. V
            V Balasubramanian
            Jun 1, 2017 at 6:01 am
            I fully endorse this view. Kohli is arrogant But he is a great player. Guiding a team as caption is different from being a good player.