Kumble reveals reason why he quit as India's coach

Lynette Rowe
June 27, 2017

Legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble has decided against continuing as the head coach of the Indian cricket team, it was announced on Tuesday.

Kohli had reportedly expressed his unhappiness with Kumble's coaching style in his conversation with BCCI officials.

Earlier, reports of a rift between skipper Virat Kohli and Kumble had emerged, prompting the BCCI to advertise for the post of head coach just before the team landed in England for the Champions Trophy. There is no taking away that aspect away from him at all. "And we all respect him totally", he continued. "We have created a culture over the last 3-4 years that whatever happens in the change room, we've tried to maintain the sanctity of the change room throughout", said Kohli. That is what the whole team believes in.

The Indian team on Tuesday left for the West Indies, where they are to play five One-day Internationals (ODI) and a solitary T20 worldwide.

" I have total respect for him as a cricketer and what he's achieved for the nation in all the years that he's played".

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Past year the BCCI formed the CAC, comprising former players Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, who chose Kumble for the job.

"I was surprised since I have always respected the role boundaries between captain and coach". Asked whether the CAC members had sensed Kohli's opposition to Kumble's candidature previous year, Ganguly said: "There's no point discussing all that". I have said what I had to say.

Kumble said that although the BCCI had, several times, attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between him and the captain, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and therefore, he had made a decision to move on. However, Kohli denied the reports and dismissed them as mere speculation.

Sourav Ganguly, a member of the BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), expressed the helplessness of the panel in resolving the spat between the Indian coach and captain. The team will go without a head coach to West Indies but BCCI said that the team will have a coach before the team's tour of Sri Lanka next month. (Sanjay) Bangar is there.

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