It has always been said that the speculations aren’t spread without a reason. However, Team India suffered some differences with the coach throughout the Champions Trophy.
To conclude all that, Kumble smothered all rumors by certainly approving that there were some differences between him and Virat Kohli. This led to Kumble’s decision of resigning from the role of Indian coach. The declaration came after a long month of forceful speculation of a rift between the two greats.
Here are some key points to know about the differences and its effects on the Indian cricket:
- Firstly, the crucial reason given by Kumble for his resignation was that Virat Kohli had some “reservations” about the way Kumble handled things. Kumble’s training methods were said to be very exhausting and there were assertions that Kohli had felt Kumble was a bit of a “taskmaster” with regards to his training and schedules.
- The first marks of a rift were supposedly happened when Kumble wanted to play Kuldeep Yadav in the final Test in the series against Australia. While, Kohli was not interested in the idea, despite being out of the playing XI.
- When Kumble appealed that Kohli needed to be paid extra in his presentation to the BCCI, Kohli was upset because this time, he wasn’t referred.
- The differences were publicized when the BCCI announced for the position of Head Coach on May 25th. This all but confirmed the point that the BCCI was going to shove Kumble out because of Kohli.
- The Cricket Advisory Committee comprises of Ganguly, Sachin and Laxman met Kohli in the presence of the BCCI CEO and had an hour long chat with him concerning the matter. Kohli confessed that there was no chance of a peace and this was the final nail.
- Despite the fact that Kumble was booked on the same flight from England to the West Indies, he stayed back as he had to be present the annual ICC Conference, of which he is the Chairman. He stepped down as the coach and brought an end to the entire rumor.
After all these series of incidents, it can be concluded that in Indian camp is that the players are the most important. Kohli may have uncertainties about Kumble’s style and approaches but to be the reason for Kumble’s resignation shows that the players exert the power in the dressing room. Kumble had to resign as he was not ready to bow down to player pressure.
The next coach will have to take his steps carefully and this is not good because the team is not keen to surrender their comfort for the coach. For the time being, it is time to bid goodbye to a pretty successful stint of Anil Kumble. He did not lose a single Test series and also has an 8-5 record in ODIs since the time he took over. We wish him all the best for his future endeavors.