My advice to Virat Kohli would be to make a statement and make things clear, says Sunil Gavaskar

Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar wants Virat Kohli to make a statement and reveal his side of story.

By: Express Web Desk | Published:June 21, 2017 9:16 pm
Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble, Indian Express Sunil Gavaskar suggested that a statement from Virat Kohli will help clear the air, saying this is what I feel and my issue with Anil Kumble. (Source: AP)

Anil Kumble stepped down as India’s head coach on Tuesday and the decision didn’t come as a surprise to many, especially after numerous reports signalling at a lot of tension in the Indian dressing room. A post from Kumble, after stepping down as India’s head coach, confirmed about the differences Virat Kohli had with the former Indian skipper during his tenure.

After Kumble’s side of story came out in the open, former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar, while talking to NDTV, suggested that Virat Kohli should open up and clear the air from his end.

“My advice to Virat would be to make a statement and make things clear. Kumble also needs to clarify who in the BCCI informed him about Virat’s unhappiness about him. A statement from Kohli will help clear the air, saying this is what I feel and my issue with Kumble,” Gavaskar said.

“It is because of the team and the captain not liking Anil Kumble’s methods we have come to this situation. Why not save all the trouble and ask them while they are in the West Indies, ‘Listen, you guys, who do want as coach. We have eight or ten applications or whatever applications… So who do you want as coach’ and that’s it. Simple,” he added.

Talking about the coach and his coaching manuals that seemed to be ‘overbearing’ to the players, Gavaskar added that the players should themselves clear about what, and why, didn’t work under Kumble.

“Let’s wait and see what they found wrong in Anil Kumble. We need to also find out whether they found it overbearing and what exactly is overbearing. Let’s get a clarification also,” he said.

“All that I am saying because of the next coach. So the next coach knows exactly where he stands. ‘If I do this, is this going to be overbearing. If I tell you to report to practice at 9.30, is it going to be overbearing. If I say to you that I want some extra nets from you, I want you to catch 50 more catches or if I want you to bowl 20 more deliveries in the nets, is it overbearing’. For the next coach’s sake it is important that these things are clarified,” the former Indian skipper added.

When asked about the ‘boss’ in the team, Gavaskar was straight forward to say that on the field it’s the captain who is in-charge while off the field it’s coach or the manager.

“On the field the captain is the boss, off the field it’s the coach or the manager. The coach and the manager is responsible for preparing the players,” he said.

The Indian team is currently in West Indies for a limited-overs series that includes five ODIs and only T20I.

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    RAJ
    Jun 22, 2017 at 7:17 am
    NOW INDIA HAS ANOTHER PAPPU
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      Raj V
      Jun 22, 2017 at 6:22 am
      Kohli is on the downward slide now and if he does not change his tactics, he will also reach the dead end.
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        Cric Fan
        Jun 22, 2017 at 5:23 am
        Kohli is c.h.u.t.i.y.a.
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          Rauf
          Jun 22, 2017 at 1:44 am
          Kholi must explain us why this happen
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            A sunil
            Jun 22, 2017 at 12:21 am
            Australian captain correctly called Kohli "Monkey". This guy is arrogant and does not deserve to be captain. Replace him.
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              shiv
              Jun 22, 2017 at 12:09 am
              Now Kohli has no one to stop him to take Indian Cricket to the same position as he has done for Bangalore Challengers in IPL. The cricketers wanted to enjoy shopping and time with girlfriends which the coach didn't allow during important series. Kohli wants more time off for modelling, better take a break and rest. Don't let Indian cricket become the victim of your ego. India has never lost to Pakistan so miserably in an ICC event. Kohli is the first captain to lose without a fight against Pakistan in ICC event. Smiling at the end just to show as if it didn't matter to Indians.
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                Maneesh Sisodia
                Jun 21, 2017 at 11:24 pm
                shameless kohli will post pics of his girlfriend anushka, but he has not got any point to make against kumble, illiterate kohli lost disgracefully to pakistan, making all Indians asahmed...just kick this and ill mannered joker out of captaincy...
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                  The Worm
                  Jun 21, 2017 at 10:40 pm
                  Why should Kohli do the explanation. Kumble who ratted out playing victim card and putting himself up on the stake of innocence needs to be cross examined on facts.
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