Vinod Rai, who was the head of the CoA that ran Indian cricket for close to three years since 2017 has revealed that former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli had reservations about Anil Kumble’s ‘disciplinarian’ way of handling things. Rai wrote Kohli’s thoughts in his book ‘Not Just a Nightwatchman — My Innings in the BCCI’.
The relationship between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble has often been one of the most talked-about topics in the recent history of Indian cricket. Despite India’s decent performance in the West Indies as well as in the Champions Trophy in England, Kumble’s untimely resignation as the Indian head coach citing an ‘untenable relationship’ with the then Kohli, literally shook the cricketing world.
Shedding light on the chapter, Vinod Rai, who also served as the head of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) that ran Indian cricket, said Kohli had reservations with Kumble’s ‘disciplinarian’ way of handling things.
In his book, Vinod Rai said, “In my conversations with the captain and team management, it was conveyed that Kumble was too much of a disciplinarian and hence the team members were not too happy with him.”
Vinod Rai, the former IAS officer also went on to add that Kohli mentioned young players being “intimated” by Kumble, who is still India’s highest wicket-taker in both Tests and ODIs.
Vinod Rai added. “I had spoken to Virat Kohli on the issue and he did mention that the younger members of the team felt intimidated by the way he worked with them.”
Anil Kumble had taken over as India’s head coach in 2016 and decided to step down from the position after the 2017 Champions Trophy, in which India lost to Pakistan in the final.