Recently, the entire internet erupted with the news of legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble stepping down as Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team, due to apparent differences with the captain of Team India, Virat Kohli. Under Kumble, India had been enjoying a great winning streak, across all formats of the game.
The team beat England 4-0 in the test series, beat Australia 2-1 after losing the first test, beat England at home in the limited overs format, and also recently reached the final of the ICC Champions Trophy. Kumble then stepped down after he was informed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India that Kohli had ‘reservations’ with the coach’s style.
How far this is true, we don’t know. We at Read Scoops are big fans of Virat Kohli and we would be very disappointed if Kohli really couldn’t get along well with Kumble, one of the most dignified former Indian cricketers, who always gave his 100% on the field.
It doesn’t speak too well of Kohli if he has failed to get along with his coach, but we can’t go on what is being spread around at the moment, as no one has heard anything from Kohli himself. To be honest, the BCCI doesn’t allow captains to comment on such incidents which is a little harsh on Kohli.
He has millions of fans around the globe and this incident could really hurt his image. Kumble’s letter was a very graceful one and he thanked fans and followers of Indian cricket for all their support. Team India will have a new Head Coach soon, and we hope that everyone gets along well in the new camp!
Originally published in the Times of India, this was Kumble’s full statement after his resignation:
“I am honoured by the confidence reposed in me by the CAC, in asking me to continue as Head Coach. The credit for the achievements of the last one year goes to the Captain, the entire team, coaching and support staff.
Post this intimation, I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my ‘style’ and about my continuing as the Head Coach. I was surprised since I have always respected the role boundaries between Captain and Coach. Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the Captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on.
Professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and diverse views are the key traits I bring to the table. These need to be valued for the partnership to be effective. I see the Coach’s role akin to ‘holding a mirror’ to drive self-improvement in the team’s interest.
In light of these ‘reservations’ I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and BCCI deem fit.
Let me reiterate that it has been an absolute privilege to have served as Head Coach for the last one year. I thank the CAC, BCCI, CoA and all concerned.
I also wish to thank the innumerable followers and fans of Indian cricket for their continued support. I will remain a well-wisher of the great cricketing tradition of my country forever.”
Watch this space for more developments on this story!