First time a fighter like Anil Kumble did not stand up, says Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar was left surprised with how Anil Kumble left his post of India cricket coach without much of a fight. Kumble resigned from his post on Tuesday evening leaving the post vacant for now.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 21, 2017 3:35 pm
anil kumble, anil kumble coach, sunil gavaskar, india cricket coach, cricket news, sports news, indian express Anil Kumble stepped down from his role as India coach on Tuesday evening. (Express file photo)

Sunil Gavaskar expressed his disappointment with Anil Kumble stepping down as coach of the Indian cricket team on Tuesday evening. He lashed out at not just the fact that Kumble had to step down but also the manner in which the entire episode played out. On Tuesday Kumble had stepped down from his role as the coach and hit out at captain Virat Kohli for the ‘difference in style’ between the two while maintaining that the relationship was ‘untenable’.

“I have very little knowledge about the differences between Virat and Anil. But it is a really sad day for Indian cricket. India have won everything since the time Anil took over. I can’t see Anil doing much wrong in one year. Difference happens in any team but see at the results,” he told NDTV.

“Anil must have had his reasons (of resigning). I would have thought Anil would carry on. Once the CAC expressed their confidence in him, Anil should have stuck around. Hope he will take it on the chin and comes back stronger. But it is the first time a known fighter like Anil did not stand up,” said Gavaskar of Kumble who had once played with a broken jaw.

After the short series in West Indies comprising five ODIs and a T20, India will shift focus to tours in Sri Lanka and South Africa. Gavaskar said the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) needs to take a call on the next coach soon.

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    Vishal Rajgor
    Jun 21, 2017 at 7:16 pm
    Kumble could have been of great help to bowlers, especially spinners in SA. Kohli's arrogance is rising with each day passing. It is not good for Indian Cricket. The whole team will become more and more arrogant like Captain.
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      Simon Timothy
      Jun 21, 2017 at 7:03 pm
      Anil Kumble is a gentleman and knows where to fight and where to let go, not to lose his dignity!
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        Augustine R.
        Jun 21, 2017 at 5:54 pm
        The match was not fixed and hence the result! Simple, Ravi Shastri wore a white hat during the halftime, need one say more? Indian cricket has changed from being a sport to more of a TV series competing with Bollywood movies on collections
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          S ashok
          Jun 21, 2017 at 3:22 pm
          Only men like Gavaskar and his crony Ravi Shastri fight on personal issues, others like Kumble,Dravid who place the interest of the game over personal egos decide to leave, instead of entering into a muddy pig fight
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            Simon Timothy
            Jun 21, 2017 at 7:05 pm
            You can say that again. Ashok!
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            Rahul surwase
            Jun 21, 2017 at 2:53 pm
            sad for kumble
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              Sudarshan Nityananda
              Jun 21, 2017 at 2:53 pm
              Fighting it out would have been more Kumble-like, but that would have caused more friction in the team and could even have harmed performance of players like KOhli. As such Kumble has taken an unselfish decision that is best for the India Team's future performance. However it is now upto Kohli and Co to make do with whoever is the next coach and show results in overseas tours . That will be Kohli's litmus test and his career in captaincy will make or break on the next few tours.
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                Sameer
                Jun 21, 2017 at 6:23 pm
                well put
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                Shailendra Nagar
                Jun 21, 2017 at 2:37 pm
                Kumble behaved like gentleman.He knew that BCCI is unlikely to annoy Virat Kohli and disturb the whole team as such it very conveniently accepted Kumble's resignation . But a question remained unanswered --- " Should the cricket regulatory body bow down to the wishes of the captain or it should take a stand if the coach is giving positive results??" One should not forget that when a team perform badly, it is the Coach who gets the boot first,not the captain.
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                  Ajay
                  Jun 21, 2017 at 2:12 pm
                  kumble being a qualified engineer took right decision of disassociating with bunch of money minded and arrogant cricketers who want only fame and money without the hard work required to play fluently in overseas conditions. Virat looks like will take some more time to mature!
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