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Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli

It’s about a week Indian coach Anil Kumble stop following ‘untenable differences” with Captain Virat Kohli but evidence continues to fall out of the closet.

It was a consideration that Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) includes Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman was speaking with both Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli about their quarrel during the ICC Champions Trophy in England. But, TOI reported that CAC did not meet with Kumble only with Kohli.

According to the Time of India, a source reveals that “The CAC gave a patient hearing to Virat (Kohli) and concluded that since the problems weren’t substantial, and the team’s performance was good, there was no reason to remove Kumble. It didn’t even meet Kumble to ask him his side of the story because it felt he had done a good job since appointed by the CAC a year ago.”

Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli

“The CAC’s stand perhaps made Virat desperate, and he then sought a meeting with the BCCI officials after the CT final in London last Monday. Having conveyed its decision to the board, the CAC didn’t feel the need to attend this meeting, where only the BCCI officials – Amitabh Chaudhary (acting secretary), Rahul Johri (CEO) and MV Sridhar (GM, cricketer operations) – were present, apart from Kohli and Kumble.”

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Sources said about the meeting, “In the 45-minute meeting, Kohli did most of the talking, making it clear that he had reservations about both Kumble’s style of functioning and him continuing as head coach.”

Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli

“It was nothing but pure humiliation for a man of his stature, and it wasn’t surprising that he didn’t even choose to serve out his ‘notice period’ and accompany the team to the West Indies for a short, limited overs tour. It’s clear that a few officials wanted Kumble to exit the scene.”

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Kumble thank Kohli on social media, he posted “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 had always respected the role boundaries between captain and coach.”

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Mithali Raj

Indian women’s cricket captain Mithali Raj said that “Our first step would be to get into the semis.” Since Indian women cricket team failed to make semi-final in 2010 to 2016 but this season their aims to step-up into the semi-final.

Before leaving for the Women’s World Cup in England, captain Raj said that “I’ve always had a rivalry against her. She’s always charged up when she sees me come out to bat. I don’t know how this rivalry started, but it’s always very hardcore when we’re up against each other.”

“I want to do well against any bowler I face, but yes, it’ll be nice to score some runs off her. Or many runs. Sixers to give back to that glaring.”

The 33-year-old Indian women’s captain Raj said that it’ll be her last Cup and fifth World Cup, she said “I’m aware this will be my last, but I don’t want to enter this World Cup piling pressure on myself. I can’t let weight of expectations bog me down.”

Mithali Raj

She added, “I want it to be special irrespective of the result. I am very calm and confident and not at all under pressure.”

Talking about last World Cup, Raj said difficult to qualify even for the Super 6, “It was a huge disappointment. We were given the best platform, but we couldn’t perform. It had been personally rough after critics tore into her saying runs didn’t come off her bat as they should have.”

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“An unfortunate sequence of matches as a big opportunity was missed – something people haven’t stopped reminding her of.” She added. “I always has this reputation of great consistency till then. But when needed, the runs didn’t come. People forget sometimes that it happens.”

Mithali Raj

Speaking about great World Cup memories of 2011 at Wankhede, she said: “I don’t really watch much men’s cricket, so it’s tough to pick a memory though obviously, Mumbai was a big moment for Indian cricket.”

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Raj speaks about 2005 final World Cup, “In 2005, New Zealand were the strongest team that year and we ran into them in the semifinals in South Africa. They were brilliant, and nothing pretty much was expected of us. It was a very close rain-interrupted game. I’d scored a 90 odd after recovering from a torn ligament injury.”

“When we fielded, every dismissal was referred to the third umpire and it was a thriller. You remember such days better, there’s something magical about them. There are many bad days in cricket and you remember the pain and the hurt, but this game always makes me happy.”

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West Indies vs India

The first ODI match between India and West Indies at Port of Spain has been stopped due to rain. West Indies won the toss and decided to field against India at Port of Spain.

As soon as the match starts, the audience made their way into the stands, Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane started doing what has become a pattern for India.

Both players were putting trouble to West Indies and they reached their fifties and, by the time Rahane was dismissed at 62 and scored to 132 off 24 overs. Skipper Virat Kohli came into the middle and again West Indies found it difficult to find a breakthrough.

West Indies vs India

Dhawan, who scored 87 off 92 balls, was taken by West Indies Devendra Bishoo. On the hand, Yuvraj Singh was the next wickets to fall. He gives way to pressure created by the number of dot ball which West Indies forced him to play and dismissed without much contribution.

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MS Dhoni and Kohli were batting in the middle when the rain broke up playing in the 39 overs. India could score only 199 runs for the loss of three wickets at that point.

West Indies vs India

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However, it took a long time but the light rain finally subsided. After that, the decision was made that India will be ending their innings and West Indies will need to chase down a target of 194 in 26 overs.

But the covers had been taken off which rains lashed the field again and the game had to be called off.

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Virender Sehwag

The Indian cricket board’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) is set to go through the list of applicants to find the new head coach of Indian men’s cricket team before they travel tour of West Indies.

Former Indian captain Ajit Wadekar feels fit to Virender Sehwag for the head coach of Indian men’s cricket team. Wadekar said in an interview to NDTV “If not Anil Kumble, then Virender Sehwag is the best option India can have. He has an attacking style approach towards the game and it will be good for India.”

Indian legendary leg-spinner Kumble stepped down as head coach of Indian men’s cricket team on Tuesday. After Kumble’s stepping down as head coach, The Board of Control for Cricket in India had announced for application to fill-up the post before the ICC Champions Trophy.

Before Kumble was a direct entry into the coach selection while the others who applied for the head coach post included Tom Moody, Virender Sehwag, Lalchand Rajput and Richard Pybus.

Virender Sehwag

Wadekar added, “I will still prefer Anil for this job. Let’s have a look at India’s performances in the past one year. The statistics itself give the answer. India’s domination in the past one year is commendable in Kumble’s reign. So, we must respect that. But, if you ask me as a Kumble’s successor, it should be Sehwag.”

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Talking about leading India as coach between 1992 and 1996, Wadekar said, “When I was the coach of the Indian team, Anil Kumble was there. He was one of the nicest persons in the team. He was well educated, sincere and mad about his game. The only thing he focussed on – victory. I am amazed after his resignation.”

“I have seen Kumble sweating it out on a particular delivery during the net sessions. He wanted perfection in everything. Jumbo is a real gem. I really don’t understand why a captain like Virat Kohli has gone to such extent. Kumble is the best man to handle Team India right now.”

Virender Sehwag

The 76-year-old former captain-coached said “Greatness and modesty should go along. And, in Virat’s case, it is almost opposite. He should be feeling blessed to have Anil as a coach. If you are disciplined that doesn’t mean that you are not a good coach. I am sure Virat will realise soon what mistake he has made.”

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Wadekar asked on Kohli saying that “I want to ask Kohli, how could he change his opinion in just one year? India were performing and giving positive results. Then why did he do this? It’s a complete sign of immaturity.”

“He has been leading the Indian side for a while now, such behaviour wasn’t expected from him. If you talk about India team, they should consider themselves losers. They have lost a gem like Kumble.”

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Mithali Raj

Indian women’s captain Mithali Raj has clearly made it that female cricketer must hold their own and not to be the judge to their male counterparts.

When asked on the eve of the Women’s World Cup about her favourite men’s cricketer, captain Raj said “Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is? I have always been asked who your favourite cricketer is but you should ask them who their favourite female cricketer is.”

Although Captain Raj, who plays in most popular and well-supported cricketing nation in the world. She quickly pointed out that the Indian women’s cricketer does not receive the same amount of publicity as their superstar men.

Mithali Raj

Raj said “There’s a lot of difference because we are not a regular on television. Now the BCCI has made an effort that the last two home series have been televised and social media has improved a lot of it but there is a still a lot of catch-up to do in terms of recognition.”

Raj agreed that they need to learn more from men’s game especially in the coaching department. Later this year, Coach Tushar Arothe replaced Purnima Rau as the Indian women’s coach and she said the team has brought the advantage under his guidance.

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“Men’s cricket sets the bar. We are always trying to reach where they set the standard. All of us follow men’s cricket because we want to some point that women’s cricket would be up there. All of us at some point have been coached by a man cricketer.”

Mithali Raj

“I strongly believe that they get a lot of intensity into the training sessions. They are very hard taskmasters. I believe that if you are representing your country, your country should get the best of the best. It’s nothing to do with women coaches [who] don’t have the ability, they do.”

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“But if you really want to push the team to the highest level, you need to have somebody who is a tough taskmaster so that the girls really put in the intensity in their training sessions and they carry that into the main tournaments.”

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Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai likely to meet with the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) Chief Executive Officer Rahul Johri to discuss the spat between Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli.

CEO Johri wants a complete detailed report from team manager Kapil Malhotra as he will submit the report to CoA Rai, who will discuss Kumble stepping down. The meeting between CEO and CoA will be held on June 24th and will decide the future of action and will invite in fresh applications to the post of head coach.

Kumble original agreement expired with the team Champions Trophy campaign, but Kumble was inclining to get an extension after having a successful run during his leading year.

Kumble has chosen as the head coach of India men’s cricket teams by former players Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman. The selection process of the new coach is expected to be named before India starts their tour of Sri Lanka in next months.

Vinod Rai

India will travel to Sri Lanka in July for the three Tests, five ODIs and a T20 International which will starts from July 26 to September 6.

According to the local media reports, captain Kohli was found Kumble’s brand of coaching a bit too assertive and their relationship was beyond repair.

Kumble becomes the India’s most successful leg-spin bowler and led the country to 12 victories in 17 Tests with just one loss. He helps the country to win One-day International series against New Zealand and England with losing only in T20 series against West Indies and also in Champions Trophy 2017.

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The BCCI said in a statement that “While the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) had endorsed an extension to his tenure as head coach, Anil Kumble has decided not to continue as the coach.”

Rahul Johri

But Kumble’s statement said that his decision to resign due to Kohli had reservations about his style of coaching. “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.”

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“I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between Captain and Coach. Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstanding 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.”

It is learned that five men have been shortlisted for the new coach of the Indian men’s cricket team, like Tom Moody, Virender Sehwag, Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus and Dodda Ganesh.

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Luke Ronchi

New Zealand wicketkeeper and batsman Luke Ronchi has announced his retirement from international cricket. He is well known when his career comes at the highest stage with Australia in 2008 in four ODIs and three T20s. He gained a spot in the national side and finished up playing in four Tests, 81 ODIs, and 29 T20Is.

Ronchi’s last playing tournaments for New Zealand in the recently ended Champions Trophy 2017. He has performed with a bright start with 43 balls 65 against Australia and first ball duck against England and 16 against Bangladesh.

Ronchi will be continuing playing in the domestic circuit. “It was a dream come true. I can’t think of a better time to have been involved with New Zealand Cricket. From the 2015 World Cup campaign, through to the overseas tours of that time and some amazing games and series, it’s been a genuine highlight for me.”

Luke Ronchi

As Ronchi will leave the international arena, New Zealand’s coach Mike Hesson praise with his few words for the wicketkeeper-batsman of black caps.

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Hesson said “We’ll remember Luke fondly for the energy he created in the field and his selfless attitude towards the team. He was always prepared to play a role for the greater good of the team; to do what was required even if that risked sacrificing his wicket.”

Luke Ronchi

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“Luke was one of the best glovemen going around and I think that’s often overlooked in a game increasingly dominated by batting and run-scoring. He was a very skillful wicketkeeper and a very destructive batsman.”

“We’ll miss having him around the group and we wish him well in his future endeavours.”

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AB de Villiers

After losing their campaign in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, South Africa will play the match T20 International series against England. Captain AB de Villiers wants an opportunity the series against England.

After succeeding the inaugural Champions Trophy in 1998, South Africa will soon to clinch their second ICC One-day title. Having top ODI players like Kagiso Rabada, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers, could only manage to register a win against Sri Lanka.

Talking to media ahead of the three-match series opener in Southampton, Captain De Villiers said that “It was a tough few days after the Champions Trophy, to go through that phase of reflecting and to hear some of the criticism.”

AB de Villiers

“It’s never easy but I have always been the kind of guys to see the positive in that and see an opportunity to improve. These three matches give me that opportunity as a player and as a captain for the team.”

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De Villiers said that he is in fine touch and simply was a casualty of poor luck. “I don’t feel like I need to prove anyone wrong or prove something to someone. I just want to go play.”

AB de Villiers

Before playing the tournament in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, they had lost in a three-match ODI series of 2-1 against England.

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De Villiers concluded, “I feel like a youngster starting my career again. I am really full of energy and love playing. I just want to score runs again and captain the team to a few good wins. I feel like I am playing very well. There’s nothing wrong with my form. The results are not showing.”

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