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Anil Kumble on coaching Team India: The end could have been better

Anil Kumble had resigned as Team India head coach in 2017 due to an "untenable relationship" with skipper Virat Kohli.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: July 23, 2020 5:36:37 pm
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Anil Kumble had stepped down from the post of India head coach in 2017 after declaring that captain Virat Kohli had reservations about his style. The acrimonious exit of Kumble as India’s cricket coach occurred after his one-year term ended with a defeat to Pakistan in the 50-over Champions Trophy in June 2017, prompting a fallout with Kohli.

Kumble called his relationship with the skipper “untenable”. Three years later, the former India leg-spinner has admitted that while he did enjoy his stint as the head coach, the ‘end could have been better’.


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“I was very happy that I took up that role [India coach]. It was great, the one year I spent with the Indian team was really fantastic,” Kumble told Pommie Mbangwa on an Instagram live session.

“Having been with great performers and again being a part of the Indian dressing room is a great feeling.

“We did really well in that one year period. I was really happy that there were some contributions made and there are no regrets. I was happy moving on from there as well. I know the end could have been better but then that’s fine.”

“As a coach, you realise, when it’s time to move on, it’s the coach who needs to move on. I was really happy I played a significant role in that one year.”

After resigning as India head coach in 2017, Kumble is back to coaching again, this time as a coach at Kings XI Punjab.

He also held mentorship roles at Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.

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