The reported dispute between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Anil Kumble supposedly started after Kuldeep Yadav’s exclusion from the playing XI for India’s third Test of the four-match Test series against Australia in Ranchi.
According to reports of an English newspaper Hindu, Anil Kumble suggested that Kuldeep Yadav should be handed a debut in the third Test in Ranchi, which was promptly shot down by the skipper Virat Kohli.
The report in the Hindu stated, “BCCI officials tracking the long home international season are not sure whether the fissure in the team harmony began to widen when left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav played the last Test against Australia at Dharamshala (India was led by Ajinkya Rahane for the injured Kohli). It is understood that Kumble’s proposal to field Yadav in the third Test at Ranchi was shot down by Kohli.”
A BCCI official had also stated in the report claiming that accusations were being cast on Anil Kumble, who is one of the biggest legends of Indian cricket. He said, “This may or may not be the reason. But we believe the people in the corridors of power have been told that Kumble is overbearing and doesn’t give freedom to the players. It’s sad that aspersions are cast on a legend of Indian cricket.”