Skipper Virat Kohli steers clear of 'respected' coach Anil Kumble's departure

Posted June 25, 2017

Virat Kohli's childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma on Friday said the Indian cricket team won't be affected by the absence of Anil Kumble during the first one-day global against the West Indies being played in Port Spain today. Kolhi stressed that he has enormous respect for him as a cricketer and what the latter has doen for the nation.

Sharma further said, "There might be some differences (between Kohli and Kumble) and it is better if keep the talks that happen in dressing room there itself". "On the basis of 2015-16 BCCI income (Rs. 1300 crores) and assuming an average BCCI income of Rs. 1500 crores / year over the next 5 years, 13% of Gross Income is around Rs. 195 crores that is available for distribution among the worldwide players".

While talking to the Times of India, a BCCI official said, "This move could also be seen to prop up the candidature of former Indian team director Ravi Shastri as a possible replacement. There's no taking away that aspect of him at all and we respect him totally", Kohli added.

Kohli has opened up the whole team view on the Kumble, which is kind of odd. "We need fresh and young legs and players who are extremely agile", he said.

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Meanwhile, BCCI acting president C.K. Khanna said that the new coach for the Indian cricket team, whose tenure will be fixed at least till 2019 World Cup, will be announced before the Sri Lankan tour.

"For us that is paramount", he concluded.

"His point of view is out there and we respect that decision", Kohli said in Port of Spain on Thursday, when asked to comment on Kumble's departure.

In a statement soon after tendering his resignation, Kumble pointed out that captain Virat Kohli had reservations about his style of coaching.

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India starts the tour of West Indies on Friday when they play the first of five matches ODI series at the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad.

In a strongly worded letter, Kumble took to Twitter to reveal the reason behind his surprising decision. Kumble has been receiving support left, right and centre and inversely Virat Kohli, captain of the team has been getting flak unnecessarily over the entire saga.

A "dressing down", as a source in the team put it, by the head coach soon after India's disappointing 180-run loss to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval last Sunday, was supposed to be the final nail in the coffin of the Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli relationship.

"I was surprised since I have always respected the role boundaries between captain and coach".

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