There seems to be no end to twist and tales in the Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble saga, and here’s one more. As per latest reports it has been learnt that if Kumble didn’t resign, Kohli would have.
The rift between current Indian captain and the ex coach has dominated the headlines ever since the beginning of the Champions Trophy, and even though the team performed well during that period, reaching the finals, the bad blood between Kohli and Kumble could not be resolved as the latter finally announced his resignation from the post. But now reports have emerged that if Kumble had stayed on as the coach, Kohli would almost surely “have resigned”.
According to The Telegraph, a source said: “Kohli had been adamant that Kumble couldn’t continue as the head coach and that the Board needed to look for a replacement…. That, it seems, was communicated to the Committee of Administrators’ chief Vinod Rai, besides top officials of the Board and, of course, the CAC…. Had the Board gone ahead and implemented Sachin, Sourav and Laxman’s recommendation, then Kohli would almost surely have resigned”.
Earlier, reports had suggested that whenever Kumble went to the nets during practice sessions, Kohli walked out. The widening gulf between the two had to find a solution, for a rift between the two would have hampered the rise of Indian cricket. However, it can be noted that during Kumble’s stellar 1 year tenure, India reached heights which not many fans would have anticipated. They regained the No. 1 spot in Tests, and dominated all the four visitors – New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia during their long home run, winning all the four series.
It now becomes the duty of BCCI, CoA and CAC to choose a successor for the post who can best match the expertise of Kumble, and all that he brought to the table.