Kohli keeps mum on Kumble
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