Virat Kohli and Anil KumbleVirat Kohli and Anil Kumble

Head coach Anil Kumble and captain Virat Kohli's dressing room rift after India's Champions Trophy final loss should have been handled in a matured way, former skipper Sourav Ganguly said yesterday.

One of the three members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that has the power to pick the coach, Ganguly said: "The matter between Kumble and Kohli should have been handled a lot better by whoever in charge. It was not handled properly."

Sourav GangulySourav Ganguly

The appointment of India's coach has taken a new twist as Ravi Shastri, the former team director, has decided to apply for the position and appears to be a front runner a year after Kumble was favoured over him.

Shastri blamed Ganguly for his ouster, claiming that the former India captain as lobbied for Kumble and convinced the other panel members, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.