Team India had no idea Anil Kumble wasn’t joining them in West Indies

India’s tour party to the West Indies is still coming to terms with the sudden resignation of their head coach Anil Kumble. The Indian team was unaware that Kumble wouldn’t be joining them in the Caribbean.

Written by Bharat Sundaresan | Port Of Spain | Updated: June 23, 2017 9:15 am
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Relaxing at their hotel’s waterfront foyer, India’s tour party to the West Indies is still coming to terms with the sudden resignation of their head coach Anil Kumble. It is learnt that the team, while leaving London on Tuesday morning, was unaware that Kumble wouldn’t be joining them in the Caribbean. It was only after they landed at St Lucia, their transit point en route to Trinidad, and switched on their phones that they got to know that Kumble had resigned.

“It came as a shock. The boys were dazed. There had been talk of him staying back in London to attend the ICC Cricket Committee meeting. We all thought he would join the team before the second ODI on June 25 at Port of Spain,” a source said.

It is also learnt that Kumble’s post-resignation Twitter statement — in which he said he was surprised to learn that captain Virat Kohli had reservations with his style — hasn’t gone down well with the team. “Virat had so many chances of talking about the dressing room rift during the Champions Trophy press conferences but he didn’t. He expected the same from Kumble. The team was disturbed to read those comments, that too on Twitter,” the source said.

He added, “What’s even more shocking was Kumble claiming that Tuesday was the first time he was informed about the problem. How can he claim to have been in the dark about this?” Breaking his silence for the first time since Kumble’s resignation, Kohli, speaking on the eve of India’s opening ODI match against West Indies, said, “Obviously, Anil bhai has expressed his views and he’s taken the decision to step out and we will respect that decision. We have created a culture over the last three-four years that whatever happens in the changing room, we’ve tried to maintain the sanctity of the changing room throughout.”

“What happens in the changing room is something that’s very sacred and private to all of us. And something that I would not express in detail in a public scenario,” Kohli added.

In a statement announcing his resignation, Kumble wrote: “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 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.”

Interestingly, Kohli has deleted his year-old Twitter post, in which he had welcomed Kumble’s appointment as coach. The June 23, 2016 tweet — “Heartiest welcome to @anilkumble1074 Sir. Look forward to your tenure with us. Great things in store for Indian Cricket with you.” — is no longer on Kohli’s timeline. No member of the present Indian team has acknowledged Kumble’s resignation or commented on his tenure as coach on social media.

Even the hosts seemed a tad bemused by Kumble’s no-show, with a West Indies Cricket Board official insisting that they had been unaware till Wednesday whether they should retain the room booking for him or not.

“As far as we are concerned, Kumble was listed as India coach and we thought he would be showing up in Port of Spain at some point during this week,” the official said. Another official quipped how in the past, there were always fears of the BCCI sending second-string sides to face the West Indies and this time, they have sent a full-strength squad but one without a head coach.

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  1. A
    Jun 23, 2017 at 7:51 pm
    Virat is just a good player but he has started thinking himself a GREAT . He should know his stature. How does he dare to comment about a legend like Anil Kumble! His captaincy is also very very mediocre. It would be better if BCCI removes him from the captaincy and make Rahane captain in all formats of the game. BCCI must make him understand that he is not the SUPREMO.
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      1. M
        Jun 23, 2017 at 10:49 am
        To all ppl here, Do you remember the incident when rcb went to 2009 IPL finals first time and robin uttappa and kumble on strike and in the last of chasing ?some 20 odd required in 7or 9 balls. And uttappa failed to make contact one ball.and jumble from non strike came and abusing uttappa .I was bewildered to see that.he was absolutely livid on uttappa.uttappa was already in pressure ,being the last batsman and need to hit a couple of sixes in last over..and this so-called great guy 'kumble' was wonder uttappa failed to hit.but he hit when the game was over i:e 20 odd required in less balls 3or 4. At that time i decided I should never work under a boss who is like kumble... Remember geniuses(who supports kumble and fault virat for this latest issue),there s always to sides of a story and all players are against kumble being continued as coach.not just kohli(read again-NOT JUST VIRAT KOHLI ALL PLAERS ARE AGINST HIM)...Kumble failed as ksca administrator and Mumbai Indians
        1. A
          Jun 23, 2017 at 12:30 pm
          Mahender, u r totally wrong here. Because of Kumble RCB got its first final and a loss with just few runs. He was an exceptional administrator that's why he was bought in by CAC to be Indian coach. Sachin who has seen him work already would have opposed otherwise. There are many faults from Virat side. He claimed all good between them, which was a lie. At that level u can't lie. His captaincy is not great. Can't a coach take a dressing down for poor performance. Remember Australia test series. All players were not against him as per Times now 6 players are supporting him. It is Kohlis aggressive behavior which has rubbed to his mates who are supporting him.
        2. J
          Jun 23, 2017 at 10:27 am
          if b.c.c.i.has any guts , they shoule rest kohali for lanka tour . give captaincy to ajinkya rahane, who is better qulified and select fresh new people give rest to old players, and start looking for fresh talent, there are quite a few players waiting in the wing, you have to give them opportunities. and then drop this arrogant guy. he has got so much of money that has inflated his ego beyond limits. he is of no use, he will only spoil carries of other cricketers . but every body knows that b.c.c.i. has no backbone.and is only greedy and shamless. the loss to pakistan was due to wrong decision of fielding first in the final.kohali has hopelessly b erd, and needs to be sacked,as for coach selection comitee those four big cricketers are of no use, they have their own agendas,
          1. H
            Himanshu Singh
            Jun 23, 2017 at 10:24 am
            So Virat is indicating that he has created the culture of not discussing dressing room events in public in the last 3-4 years? I can't remember Indian cricketers do that ever, except in light hearted banters as commentators. Virat: you are the best batsman we have seen in a long time. Probably more successful than even Tendulkar or Ganguly. But true mark of a champion is humility and not arrogance. You think you haven't said it, but you clearly indicated that it was what happened inside the dressing room that led to Kumble's resignation. And from what is evident right now, it was the dressing down that you and the boys got, deservedly, on losses that led to his departure. Sure enough you only deserve to have someone like Ravi Shastri as coach, rather manager. But sadly, you will realize in the next year or so, why it is important to have a coach who is 'head masterly' in his approach for a team's success.
            1. R
              Jun 23, 2017 at 10:01 am
              From the beginning, Kohli was not happy with Kumble's appointment. May be Kohli is a good player but he is arrogant. By insisting that Kumble must go, he has not only insulted the 3 legends of the CAC, but also slapped Kumble indirectly. It's arrogance at its best. Media calls him king and he thinks he is a king and he can rule cricket in India. What is sanc y of dressing room Kohli? Is it about telling plain lies during press meet? You mentioned during the champions trophy that there were no problems, what so ever, with the coach. Wasn't that a big lie? Is this how you keep the sanc y of the dressing room. You are a superstar in our country and that is simply because of viewers like us. Kumble was even a bigger star than u. You can't insult a superstar like Kumble and just pretend that nothing has happened. You are answerable to this whole nation. Kumble didn't violate the sanc y of the dressing room. He tweeted what you told BCCI. Sigh. Hate you Kohli. Will never cheer for u.
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                Anand Ch
                Jun 23, 2017 at 9:56 am
                Now it is masterless school. What comes out is unpredictable.
                1. R
                  Jun 23, 2017 at 9:26 am
                  Why BCCI is not able to contain indiscipline of Kohli because it thinks indian cricket would go bankrupt in absence of Kohli.Congress too suffered with this mentality during emergency days about Indira and paid the price Is utions and conventions are much more important than individuals.BCCI should behave like it represents 1.25 crore people of this country and their pride. Reply
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