Anil Kumble surprised Virat Kohli had reservations with his ‘style’, continuing as India coach

Anil Kumble said that he was informed of captain Virat Kohli's reservations with his style and "continuing as Head Coach" of the Indian cricket team. He said that the misunderstandings between him and Kohli meant that their partnership was "untenable."

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 21, 2017 10:39 am
India captain Virat Kohli along with team coach Anil Kumble in Dharamshala earlier this year. (Source: PTI)

Anil Kumble, after resigning as the head coach of the Indian cricket team, said that he had “always respected the role boundaries between the Captain and Coach.” In a strong statement posted on his Twitter account, Kumble said that he was informed by the BCCI that captain Virat Kohli had “reservations” with his style and “continuing as Head Coach.” Kumble had earlier in the evening stepped down as coach of the Indian side after taking up the role in June 2016 on a one-year contract.

Kumble said that he was informed of the doubts Kohli had about his role by the BCCI on Monday. “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. Professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and diverse views are the key traits that I bring to the table,” he said in the statement, “These need to be valued for the partnership to be effective.”

Kumble’s statement comes as a confirmation of reports of disagreements that Kohli had with him. Kohli had denied anything of the sort in a press conference during the ICC Champions Trophy. The BCCI had said earlier that the Cricket Advisory Committee consisting of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman had endorsed a contract extension but Kumble turned it down.

Anil Kumble has had a successful tenure as the head coach of India. Under him, the team reached the summit of the ICC Test rankings, beating West Indies, New Zealand, England, Australia and Bangladesh. They also won the accompanying limited overs series and ended the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy 2017 as runners up to Pakistan.

FULL STATEMENT:

“I am honoured by the confidence reposed in me by the CAC, in asking me to continue as Head Coach. The credit for the achievements of the last one year goes to the Captain, the entire team, coaching and support staff.

Post this intimation, I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my ‘style’ and about my continuing as the Head Coach. I was surprised since I had always respected the the role boundaries between Captain and Coach. 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.

Professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and diverse views are the key traits I bring to the table. These need to be valued for the partnership to be effective. I see the Coach’s role akin to ‘holding a mirror’ to drive self-improvement in the team’s interest.

In light of these ‘reservations’, I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and BCCI deem fit.

Let me reiterate that it has been an absolute privilege to have served as Head Coach for the last one year. I thank the CAC, BCCI, CoA and all concerned.

I also wish to thank the innumerable followers of Indian cricket for their continued support. I will remain a well-wisher of the great cricketing tradition of my country forever. ”

India are now in West Indies, without a coach, to play five ODIs and a single T20 before tours later in the year against Sri Lanka and South Africa.

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