The term of Anil Kumble as coach of the Indian cricket team ended on Wednesday, and there are so far very few indications that his contract will be renewed. The primary reason being Captain Virat Kohli’s reported unhappiness with Kumble’s methods. The Committee of Administrators (CoA), appointed by the Supreme Court and BCCI officials are trying to broker peace between the two. But others involved in the negotiations claim the differences between Kumble and Kohli are apparently ‘irrevocable.’ A high-profile Committee of past cricketers VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are expected to look through and scrutinize applications for the top job and name a coach by the end of the month.
Reports of a tiff between Kumble and Kohli have been around for a while. Many claim the falling-out came around November last year during the England series in Rajkot. Several other players are said to be backing Kohli and have spoken up about their unhappiness with Kumble. An official said that ‘barring a miracle’ there was very little chance of Kumble continuing as the Indian coach. When the captain is unhappy with the coach, there is very little anyone else can do, he added. However, a member of the CoA held the opinion that it was a bad precedent to let Kohli have his way, and that he was behaving like a ‘spoilt child’ despite Kumble achieving good results as coach. India has won five test series since Kumble’s appointment as the Indian coach last year.
Former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar thinks the rift has come at a bad time. He doesn’t give much importance to reports of a long-standing squabble between Kumble and Kohli, questioning their authenticity. He hopes the CoA will manage to iron out the differences between the two. He believes they should focus on the upcoming Champions Trophy in England, with India playing Pakistan in its first match on Sunday. This will most likely be Kumble’s last assignment as coach of the Indian cricket team.
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