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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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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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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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Anil Kumble

On Tuesday, June 20th, Anil Kumble resigned as the coach of the Indian cricket team. The decision was taken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) not to extend his one-year agreement and invited fresh applications for the post.

According to the reports, Kumble’s agreement as the head coach of the Indian cricket team ended on Tuesday after the ICC Champions Trophy and also he was not interested in an extending of his contract.

After resigning, the former Indian captain said in a statement on Twitter and wrote that “the captain had reservations with my ‘style’… In light of these ‘reservations’. I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and BCCI deem fit.”

Earlier sources said to NDTV that captain Virat Kohli was “not ready to budge”, from his position on Kumble and that “coach-captain relationship was ‘irreparable.’

Anil Kumble

The BCCI said in a statement that “The Board of Control for Cricket in India confirms that Anil Kumble has withdrawn his services as the post of the head coach for the senior India men’s team. While the Cricket Advisory Committee had endorsed an extension to his tenure as head coach, Anil Kumble has decided not to continue as the coach.”

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The acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary wishes good luck to Anil Kumble “We wish to place on record our sincere appreciation for the immense contribution by Anil Kumble to the team which enabled India to attain the No. 1 Test position. Indian cricket needs his continued contribution in various capacities and wishes him all the best in his future endeavour.”

Anil Kumble

The situation had increased just prior to the ICC Champion Trophy with the BCCI issuing a press release, asking for the applications for the post of head coach for the Indian cricket team. The applicant who applied for the Indian men’s cricket head coach were, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh and Lalchand Rajput.

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For the new head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team will conduct the interviews for the job by a three-member BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).

The CAC held meetings with Kumble and also with Kohli to sort out the differences between the pairs. Skipper Kohli made it clear that his relationship with Kumble had reached a dead end. It was only the CAC which had picked Kumble as the coach last year.

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Ashwin

Indian senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has become downward spiral in One-day cricket, however, skipper Virat Kohli thinks unfair to be decisive of him given the challenges of bowling on flat decks in the format.

Off-spinner Ashwin was smashed by rookie Fakhar Zaman as he conceded 70 runs in 10 wicket-less overs in India’s 180-run loss to Pakistan in Champions Trophy final. Ashwin got an only single wicket in three matches 167 runs from 29 overs.

When asked about Ashwin poor performance, whether he needs to revisit his plans, Kohli said “Every spinner has challenges on flat decks and every spinner could go for runs. Especially on wickets like these, where if a batsman gets going, it really becomes difficult for the spinner and people are slogging across the line and getting away with it.”

Kohli explains about the helpless feeling, “You can’t really do much as a spinner because you are making them pay where you want to play, but still, they are executing those shots.”

Ashwin

According to his Kohli’s plans, every bowler needs to know about the batsman, “It is not humanly possible to not concede boundaries and sixes. You have to understand whether you made the batsman hit where you wanted him to hit and take a risk, or you have bowled a bad ball. I think that’s the only analysis a person needs to do and nothing more.”

Talking about the decision taken by him to play two spinners, Kohli said “We created a combination after the loss against Sri Lanka. We didn’t want to be too predictable from there on in the tournament and two spinners together did a good job for us.”

Ashwin

“I have no regrets in playing the combination that we played today, and we have stuck to the same ever since we lost to Sri Lanka. So I have no feelings otherwise about the combination.”

Kohli said that the top three batsmen failed together, “Yeah, it’s always a bad feeling when you got out or the batting doesn’t work collectively, and everyone feels bad about not having contributed to the team in any way.”

Kohli lamented, “So yeah, I also felt the same kind of emotions, but you know, you have played enough to understand that your job is done, you tried your best, and then you can’t control anything afterwards.”

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Rahul Dravid

On Friday, 16th June, Former India’s captain Rahul Dravid said that Virat Kohli should keep away from making any changes to the current team for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final match against Pakistan on Sunday, 18th June.

India defeated Bangladesh by nine wickets stepping away to the final match. These two teams will be playing ICC final since earlier clash came in the final in 2007 T20 World Cup when India won by five runs.

Dravid said “I think Virat has to stick to what’s worked well for him. India loves chasing, we saw that today. They have got some really experienced players who have played in big pressure games, they know how to handle these kinds of situation and I think this is a tactic that works for them.”

Rahul Dravid

Dravid added, “People might question why are you only getting 4.8 run average in the first 10 but you know that’s how they like to set up their innings with Rohit and Shikhar, knowing fully well that they have got the power at the back end of the likes of you know, Hardik Pandya, Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Jadeja.”

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“So you know they have got some big power that can make up a lot of runs in the end as well, as long as they can keep wickets in hand, they play spin well through the middle as well. So look, I won’t change anything, India’s batting has been exceptional.”

Rahul Dravid

Talking about the match against Bangladesh and they need in the final match against Pakistan, Dravid said “I think if you get Pakistan chasing in the final, anything above 280, you would be happy. Look if we have the batsmen in hand, and they do play the extra batsman, Kedar Jadhav, at 6 and they have Hardik Pandya at 7 and they have shown that he can be pushed up a little bit.”

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“It will be a case of pushing one of up through the middle, Jadhav is a very good player against spin we know that he does take it on. And if you are in that position, I guess you could do that, push Pandya or Jadhav ahead of even Yuvraj and Dhoni and have a crack.”

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Virat Kohli

The Indian team will face their second semi-final against Bangladesh in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Birmingham On Thursday, June 15th at 3 pm.

Last games of India have seen the bad game against Sri Lanka where the bowlers failed to defend a high total. With all bases covered, India needs to seal their spot in the final but for that to happen they need to go past Bangladesh, who are a dangerous side, have been chasing down a good total against New Zealand.

Talking to media ahead of their second semi-final match against Bangladesh, skipper Virat Kohli looked positive about India’s chances that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin might retain in playing XI after good games against South Africa.

Kohli said “We gave a lot of people chances in the practice games. Everyone has done well. I think Ashwin was brilliant in the last game. There is no need to change anything.”

Indian middle order has not been tested so far in the tournament with the top-order scoring all the runs. Kohli said “Given an opportunity, everyone would like to finish games. Kedar (Jadhav) and Hardik (Pandya) are playing well in the lower middle-order.”

The 28-year-old India’s skipper Kohli said about whether they will take lightly on their second semi-final against Bangladesh. “Bangladesh have really improved as a team. They have taken huge strides in the last couple of years. You can never take any opposition lightly.”

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“Bangladesh are among the top 8 teams in the world. They have a lot of skilled cricketers. The other day they were outstanding when they chased the total down (vs New Zealand). They are a very competitive side. Our opposition can be anybody, we are not thinking about that.”

Virat Kohli

Kohli feels that his side will reach the final of the tournament; he said “We are happy to reach the semi-finals. Credit goes to the players. We are a good limited overs side, we have reached the semi-finals of the last 3 big tournaments, hopefully, we will reach the final.”

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When asked whether there would be any pressure on him while playing the match against Bangladesh, Kohli said “My thinking is always the same before big matches. My thinking does not change for any match. Once you are in a knockout stage, the team gets into a tough zone.”

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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...