Thursday, 20 July, 2017

'Respect Anil Bhai's Views': Virat Kohli On Coach Row

Indian skipper averaged 51.6 in 5 matches of the Champions Trophy Indian skipper averaged 51.6 in 5 matches of the Champions Trophy
Clarence Schmidt | 25 June, 2017, 01:14

On the coaching staff, Kumble suggested a salary of Rs 7.5 crore himself and Sanjay Bangar's and S Sridhar (batting and fielding coaches respectively) be allotted Rs 2.25 crore and R Sridhar.

In Kohli, India have a fantastic leader and one of their best captains in recent memory, rivalled only by MS Dhoni, but even he couldn't build a team capable of being consistent overseas.

It seems that not merely Kohli but also other players of the Indian team had grievances against the way Kumble functioned. Their credibility has nobody has ever been doubted.

Kumble, 46, had already appeared headed for the exit after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) advertised for a new coach last month, although he was an automatic candidate. "I've always respected that and we have continued to maintain that as well", Kohli told the media here on the eve of the first One-Day International (ODI) between India and West Indies. Kohli has never publicly talked about his issues and grievances with Kumble and has said that they (team) respect Kumble as a player and also emphasised on dressing room sanctity and said that discussion within those four walls should remain private. "There's no taking away that aspect of him at all and we respect him totally". "Anil Bhai has expressed his views and he has taken a decision to step out and we all respect that decision". Kohli rightfully said that there could be differences of opinion but team is on one page and their focus is on winning the Champions Trophy. After Kumble-Kohli fiasco, it is CAC's duty that they make sure no such thing happens in future.

"For us that is paramount", he concluded.

He said he won't reveal too much as he wanted to maintain the purity of the dressing room.

Kumble has expressed surprise over Kohli's reservation against his "style" after resigning from the post. Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli's dispute with Anil Kumble took an ugly turn after he deleted a tweet from 2016 wherein he welcomed him the team, this Wednesday.

"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", he said in a statement that was published on his Twitter account as well.

The entire Anil Kumble episode is now settling down and the BCCI are now on the lookout for a new coach and according to a BCCI official, the Cricket Advisory Committee will keep the Kumble-episode at the back of their minds before roping in a new person for the job. For the West Indies series, in the absence of the head coach, MV Sridhar will lead the team.

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