Anil Kumble did nothing wrong, say ex-cricketers Anshuman Gaekwad and Ajit Wadekar

Jun 24, 2017, 09:20 IST | Ajit Bezbaruah

Anshuman Gaekwad, who coached India from 1997 to 1999 and former India captain Ajit Wadekar, who was the coach-cum-manager of the Indian team from 1992 to 1996 defend Ani Kumble's actions following India's disappointing 180-run loss to Pakistan

Former India coach Anil Kumble

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. Kumble tendered his resignation on Tuesday.

Speaking to Cricinfo, a BCCI official revealed that Kumble read out the riot in The Oval dressing room which was not right. "After the final he gave a big dressing-down to the player. There is a time for everything. Team has just lost," the BCCI official was quoted as saying.

But Anshuman Gaekwad, who coached India from 1997 to 1999, saw nothing wrong in what Kumble did. Talking to mid-day, Gaekwad said: "I don't know what happened there, but if I have to make an opinion based on what has been reported in the media, I don't think Kumble did anything wrong. As coach of the team he was bound to feel disappointed with the way the team lost. Wins and losses are part and parcel of the game, but Kumble must have been disappointed with the manner of the defeat and he must have said something. He is bound to because as a coach you are involved in the game as much as a player is.

"Different individuals have different ways of functioning. Someone else may have waited and talked later, but Kumble perhaps didn't. Someone perhaps would have liked to be a bit methodical, but here Kumble was perhaps instinctive -- nothing wrong in that," added the former India opener.

Anshuman Gaekwad and Ajit Wadekar 

Former India captain Ajit Wadekar, who was the coach-cum-manager of the Indian team from 1992 to 1996 said, "When I was the Indian team's manager, he came across a very sincere and hardworking individual. I am sure Kumble must have been frustrated and must have said whatever he wanted."

Reportedly, the players had a problem with the timing of Kumble's outburst. Wadekar said: "I see nothing wrong in the timing. I am not sure what kind of contract he has with the BCCI. Sometimes, the manager or coach reports the conduct of the team to the Board after a tour or a tournament is over, but I don't think even the BCCI should have any restrictions on the coach speaking his mind whenever he wants to," he added.

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