India cricket coach Anil Kumble on Tuesday stepped down from his position after a widely-speculated feud with captain Virat Kohli, marking a bitter end to a highly successful tenure. "The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirms that Anil Kumble has withdrawn his services as the post of the Head Coach for the Senior India Men's team," said the BCCI in a statement. "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," read the statement. Kumble on Tuesday tweeted a letter revealing the real reason for his decision, claiming he quit after realising that his partnership with Kohli was 'untenable'. Kumble said it was only on Monday, after the Champions Trophy had ended, that he was informed for the first time that Kohli had 'reservations' about his coaching style.
Hours before he announced his decision to quit as head coach, media report emerged of Kumble not accompanying the Indian team to the West Indies for a limited-overs series starting June 23, citing his commitment to an ICC meeting in London. The official reason given for Kumble not travelling with the team was that he was required to stay back for the ICC 'Annual Conference' as he is the chairman of the Cricket Committee in-charge of taking a call on laws and regulations of the game. The ICC Annual Conference started on Monday and will continue till June 23. Kumble's Cricket Committee meeting will be held on June 22.
Former cricketers including Sunil Gavaskar, Michael Vaughan and Bishan Singh Bedi have said Anil Kumble stepping down as head coach a big loss to the Indian team. "India are losing a Great man in @anilkumble1074 ... realty hope he stays in some role .... far too good a bloke to lose ... #India," tweeted Vaughan. Former India spinner Bishan Bedi tweeted: "Gratitude has obviously been thrown out of the window by whoever raising 'revolt' against India's giant @anilkumble1074! Loser's Indian
Cricket of course!" Former India opener Aakash Chopra said the situation could have been handled better. Sunil Gavaskar (in picture) described the resignation of national cricket head coach Anil Kumble as a sad day for Indian cricket. "I have very little knowledge about the differences between Virat and Anil. But it is a really sad day for Indian cricket," Gavaskar said.
For the West Indies tour, the BCCI has said that it has deputed MV Sridhar, GM - Cricket Operations to supervise the team management. The BCCI has also stated that batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar will remain with the Indian team in the West Indies. Sridhar, who has played 97 first-class matches, is highly respected by the players. Sridhar was also the media manager when the Monkeygate scandal broke out during the 2007-08 tour of Australia.
Virat Kohli had met the BCCI top brass along with Anil Kumble in London before leaving for the West Indies on Tuesday. The meeting took place after the high-profile Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) communicated to the BCCI that it had failed resolve the differences between Kumble and Kohli. On the sidelines of the Champions Trophy in the UK, the CAC comprising Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly held meetings with Kumble as well as Kohli to sort out the differences between the duo. It was being widely perceived in the BCCI that in the meeting between Kohli and CAC, the skipper had made it clear that his relationship with the coach had reached a dead end.
Two days later, on May 25, BCCI took everyone by surprise by sending out an application to select a new head coach. They claimed Anil Kumble would get a direct entry for the process. The board later issued a statement to say that the selection process was a formality to ensure fairness in the process. There is a possibility that the Board had not taken Anil Kumble's reported calls for a higher pay check for himself, skipper Virat Kohli and a vote in the selection committee, in the right spirit and the invitation to head coach aspirants was one way of trying to make him toe the line.
During the entire Champions Trophy 2017 campaign which ended with defending champions India losing to arch-rivals Pakistan in the final, there was hardly any communication between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble during the practice session with the chief coach mostly keeping to himself or giving some practice to the bowlers. Kumble had even given his skipper throw downs during the Indian cricket team's indoor net session.
Historian Ramachandra Guha, appointed by the Supreme Court as one of the four administrators of BCCI, resigned from the BCCI's Committee of Administrators (CoA). He flayed the superstar culture still prevalent in Indian cricket. He said in his farewell note to Vinod Rai, head of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators, that "the 'superstar' culture that afflicts the BCCI means that the more famous the player (former or present) the more leeway he is allowed in violating norms and procedures". Angry at the treatment meted out to Anil Kumble, he said, "In a system based on justice and merit, the Head Coach's term would have been extended. Instead, Kumble was left hanging, and then told the post would be re-advertised afresh."
It is learnt that Virender Sehwag applied for the head coach's job at the last moment after being urged by skipper Virat Kohli. The plea to come in as coach was made by Kohli during the Indian Premier League. Sehwag was Director of Cricket Operations for Kings XI Punjab. He is believed to have said no then, but Kohli finally convinced him.
Former opening batsman Virender Sehwag is the frontrunner for the job of the national cricket team's head coach. Sehwag, who was director of cricket operations of Indian Premier League (IPL) side King XI Punjab, is among the six candidates to have applied for the job. There are two other Indians in the fray -- former national team manager Lalchand Rajput and ex-India pacer Doda Ganesh have also applied. Among the foreign applicants are Tom Moody, former Sri Lanka coach and a previous applicant for the India post, and Englishman Richard Pybus, who had previously coached Pakistan.
Acting secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Amitabh Choudhary brushed aside all the speculations about rift between skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble. Talking to the media at Edgbaston in Birmingham during the Champions Trophy, he said that the decision to invite fresh applications for chief coach of the Indian team is just a process that the BCCI is following as Kumble's contract ends at the end of Champions Trophy. Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai (in picture) also backed Kumble, saying the legendary leg-spinner would remain India's coach for the tour of West Indies subject to his acceptance.
Virat Kohli had recently dismissed the speculated rift with Anil Kumble, stating that there were "no problems" with the chief coach and the entire episode was nothing but rumours. "There are a lot speculations and lot of things being written by people without actually being part of the change room which is quite strange. There are no problems whatsoever," Kohli was curt while addressing the media ahead of the Champions Trophy opener against arch-rivals Pakistan. When the question was rephrased by another scribe about how his journey with Kumble has been through the past year, he answered with an equally deadpan expression. "It's been really good. The whole journey has been good," he said.
The reports of the rift between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble started after 'Jumbo' demanded a massive hike to the tune of 150 percent for Grade A players in the Central Contracts and substantial raise for the support staff. Kumble had in May 23rd given a detailed presentation to the Committee of Administrators (COA) along with BCCI office-bearers -- CEO Rahul Johri, joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary. It is believed that both Kumble and Kohli feel that players in Grade A, who are certainties in all formats should be getting in the range of Rs 5 crore for one season. As of now, Grade A players get Rs 2 crore, Grade B Rs 1 crore and Grade C Rs 50 lakh. Kumble also asked for batting coach Sanjay Bangar to be appointed as assistant coach and wanted a a bowling coach to be part of the support staff for Team India.
Some days later reports of a rift between head coach Anil Kumble and India captain Virat Kohli started doing the rounds and dressing room gossip became fodder for media houses. Reports emerged that Kohli and Kumble had reportedly hit a rough patch apparently due to the coach's overbearing attitude.
In all this one must not forget that the Indian team did well under Anil Kumble in the past 12 months, winning Test series in the West Indies (2-0) before winning at home against New Zealand (3-0), England (4-0), Bangladesh (1- 0) and Australia (2-1). The team also won eight ODIs and lost five during the 46-year-old's tenure.
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Anil Kumble resigned from his post as head coach of the Indian cricket team amid controversies. We take a look at 15 important developments in the case in pictures