What’s the story?
In yet another twist in the Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble saga that led to the latter’s resignation from his role as coach of the Indian cricket team despite a successful year in charge, reports have now emerged that if Kumble didn’t resign, then Kohli would have.
The tussle between current Indian captain and the legendary bowler has dominated the headlines despite the team’s success and the relationship finally came to an end as Kumble announced his resignation from the post. But now reports have emerged that if Kumble had stayed on as the coach, Kohli would almost surely “have resigned”.
According to The Telegraph, a source said: "Kohli had been adamant that Kumble couldn't continue as the head coach and that the Board needed to look for a replacement.... That, it seems, was communicated to the Committee of Administrators' chief Vinod Rai, besides top officials of the Board and, of course, the CAC.... Had the Board gone ahead and implemented Sachin, Sourav and Laxman's recommendation, then Kohli would almost surely have resigned".
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Earlier, reports emerged that the captain and coach had stopped talking to each other six months ago and the relationship between the pair became untenable even after a discussion with the Cricket Advisory Committee that consisted of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.
The CAC had already extended Kumble’s contract but upon the condition that Kohli and Kumble were able to sort out their differences. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and after India’s humiliating defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, the latter resigned from his role as coach.
Reports of a rift between the captain and Indian coach had been doing the rounds for some time and with Kumble’s resignation, it became evident that it wasn’t just a rumour that was being passed on. In an emotional letter that was published across various social media platforms, Kumble said that “reservations that the captain had regarding his coach style” as the main reason behind his resignation.
Now the news that Kohli would have resigned if the Indian legend didn’t step down and stayed on as per the CAC’s request throws new light on an issue that has already created quite a stir.
What’s the story?
India’s next assignment is the limited-overs series against West Indies, which begins on Friday (June 23) but the more pressing matter at hand, will be the appointment of Kumble’s successor. It has already been confirmed that the coach will be announced prior to the start of the series against Sri Lanka and it remains to be seen who gets the gig.
Much like in every walk of life, a difference of opinions exist in cricket as well. The rift between Kohli and Kumble, a pair who formed a successful partnership on the field, certainly seems like one of those. With the betterment of the team in mind and as the relationship between him and the captain got gradually worse, the leg spinner chose to call time and that certainly makes a whole lot of sense.
But the way in which Kohli has been portrayed as a villain in certain sections of the media certainly doesn't make sense. And this report that he was ready to resign if Kumble stayed on as the coach is only going to add fuel to the fire that is already raging.