Anil Kumble quits as head coach, but lines with Virat Kohli snapped long ago

Announcing his resignation as head coach of the Indian cricket team, Anil Kumble late Tuesday night said he was informed about the reservations captain Virat Kohli had with his working style.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 21, 2017 3:37 pm
anil kumble, kumble, kumble resigns, anil kumble resigns, virat kohli, cricket news, cricket, sports news, indian express In a statement, Kumble said he was “surprised” by Kohli’s “reservations” since he had “always respected the role boundaries between captain and coach”. (Source: PTI)

Announcing his resignation as head coach of the Indian cricket team, Anil Kumble late Tuesday night said he was informed about the reservations captain Virat Kohli had with his working style “for the first time yesterday”. But those in the know say communication lines between the two had more or less snapped during the past few months.

“While trying to understand the differences between the captain and coach, we came to know that the two, for the last few months, mostly spoke in monosyllables,” a BCCI source told The Indian Express.

In a statement, Kumble said he was “surprised” by Kohli’s “reservations” since he had “always respected the role boundaries between captain and coach”.

Kumble says he is surprised by Kohli’s reservations

The BCCI, in a press release, had said that the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) — comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman — had endorsed an extension to Kumble’s tenure. What wasn’t mentioned in the official statement was a rider. “They made it clear that Kumble would only be retained if his differences with Kohli were solved. We had long chats with the two but we couldn’t solve the problem. While Kumble didn’t acknowledge there was a problem, Kohli’s view was very different,” said the source.

Kumble, in his statement, also mentioned the last-minute truce efforts. “Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on,” he stated.

It is also learnt that the BCCI is planning to extend the deadline for the application of the coach’s job. “With the Sri Lanka tour still a month away, we will ask for more applications. The CAC will meet the applicants and take a final call,” said the source.

Kumble’s year-long contract as India coach had expired at the end of the Champions Trophy. However, he was asked to stay on for the West Indies tour. While the Indian team boarded the flight to Barbados, Kumble decided to stay back in London for the ICC Annual Conference as he is the chairman of the Cricket Committee.

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  1. M
    Jun 22, 2017 at 11:37 pm
    Virat Kohli is a most immature arrogant player. He believes entire Indian cricket runs at his whims fancy. The CAC members are good for nothing not sure why they are in the first place. Thank u Anil Kumble for your service. These people do not deserve a legend like you.
    1. P
      Jun 22, 2017 at 7:56 pm
      Virat never won single IPL dividual brilliance and arrogance is not leadership.its time he is shown his place.REMOVE FROM CAPTAINCY ABD EVEN TEAM IF REQUIRED TO THOSE WHO BREED INDISCIPLINE AND RUDE BEHAVIOUR, ROHITH IS BEST OPTION
      1. S
        Sankaran Krishnan
        Jun 21, 2017 at 5:11 pm
        It is a lesson learnt by both BCCI and the Cricket players and all aid and done the Coach also must earn his respect and he should be aged and imagine if Virendra Shewag is considered for the post of Coach it will be another disaster. It is better if some one who is Senior and knows the job well and as well there limits as Coach will only shine and who should also able to go the extra mile of give and take policy in the overall interest of the game otherwise whoever the CoA chooses will not flourish as Coach!!! It is not that Anil is only responsible and not Virat but let us understand Cricket in a better way and let equal opportunities be given to the Captain also Virat do has his own plus and minus of the game and as well a Leader. Everyone who is selected as Captain has not shined and it is hand counted if you take right from Pataudi days, followed Ajit Wadekar, then Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly and then M S Dhoni and others are shined as Players but not as Captains !!!
        1. S
          Jun 21, 2017 at 4:35 pm
          Kohli is no genius. So far he has only won at home. Big thing is winning worldwide touranments- he failed miserably in CT 2017. He has not won anything in SA, Australia or England yet. But he is treated as God by BCCI and gets his own choice of a coach. So it will be just one person making top level decisions.
          1. N
            Jun 21, 2017 at 3:49 pm
            As an observer, I think those CAC members, BCCI top brass should be sacked first and with it the man behind all this, immature and arrogant captain Virat Kohli. The lost to Pakistan in the Champions trophy was due to Kohli's Childish decision to bowl first. Even in IPL, Royal Challengers lost many games due to his wrong tactics of going for the chase and ending in losing side. When the whole nation is supporting Anil Kumble as Coach, its time the top brass in the BCCI should listened to the public opinion. Without the support of public, there is no cricket left to play. Anywhere why give so much importance to this childish Captain and his view. Anil Kumble should have more power in the matters of cricket as he was a gentleman and a legend.
            1. N
              Jun 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm
              It is an unfortunate event. A week back it was confirmed that Mr. Anil Kumble will continue until the West Indies Tour. BCCI should not cow down to one man's wish and Anil Kumble should have been allowed to continue. R. Nambirajan.
              1. R
                Jun 21, 2017 at 2:28 pm
                This difference is the cause of Indian loss in CT
                1. P
                  Jun 21, 2017 at 2:27 pm
                  Its time Virat is removed from Team not only captaincy.He is not the only reason for india winning or losing but his behaviour is obnoxiuos to see in TV itself leave alone on the field.
                  1. V
                    Jun 21, 2017 at 3:12 pm
                    It's some kind of malicious ploy to defame Kumble. Kohli is a known Congressi- a party that discourages every type of Indian talent. Pakistan's win in ICC is also a shady thing. Kohli must've gobbled millions.
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