Kohli keeps mum on Kum­ble

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VI­RAT KOHLI was in no mood to share any de­tails re­gard­ing his role in the sud­den res­ig­na­tion of In­dia cricket coach Anil Kum­ble, the cap­tain in­stead pre­fer­ring to fo­cus on the re­spect he has for the coun­try’s lead­ing Test wicket-taker.

Kum­ble’s ten­ure came to an abrupt end ear­lier this week.

The for­mer cap­tain had been due to join the team on their lim­ited-overs tour of West Indies be­gin­ning yes­ter­day but he quit on Tues­day af­ter re­veal­ing a break­down in his re­la­tion­ship with Kohli, who was said to re­sent his as­sertive coach­ing style.

“(He) has ex­pressed his views and taken a de­ci­sion to step out. We all re­spect that de­ci­sion,” Kohli said in Portof-Spain, Trinidad.

Kum­ble said in a mes­sage that he was sur­prised when the In­dian board told him of Kohli’s reser­va­tions con­cern­ing his “style” and his plans to con­tinue as head coach of the team. In­dia cap­tain Kohli was pre­dictably ret­i­cent, cit­ing the sanc­tity of the dress­ing room for his si­lence on the is­sue.

Kum­ble’s exit has been per­ceived at home as a vic­tory for player-power, which will also send out the wrong sig­nal to who­ever suc­ceeds the for­mer spin bowler in the high-pro­file job.

“I have to­tal re­spect for him as a crick­eter and what he has achieved for the nation, all the years that he has played,” Kohli added. “There’s no tak­ing away that as­pect of him at all. And we all re­spect him to­tally.” – Reuters

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