1. Anil Kumble wanted Virat Kohli to bat first in Champions Trophy final against Pakistan: Report

Anil Kumble wanted Virat Kohli to bat first in Champions Trophy final against Pakistan: Report

If a BCCI official has to be believed there were more than one reasons behind this rift including Virat Kohli's decision to bowl first against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 22, 2017 3:27 PM
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Ever since the former captain Anil Kumble handed over his resignation to BCCI for the post of cricket team coach, there are many rumours doing the rounds about what happened between him and captain Virat Kohli that forced the legendary spinner to step down. However, if a BCCI official is to be believed there were more than one reasons behind this rift and this includes a major one, reported NDTV. It transpires that Virat Kohli’s decision to bowl first against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final was not supported by Kumble. Kohli decided to bowl first even though the coach wanted him to bat first and put runs on the board. As it turned out, team India went on to lose the match by 180 runs.

The official also said that Kumble came down heavily on the team after the loss even as they were already feeling terrible about it. The report said that the Indian players were not happy about being treated as children by their coach. Kohli clearly wasn’t impressed with this incident and made it clear to the BCCI.

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Hours after resigning from the post, Kumble posted a long message on Twitter revealing that the differences with Kohli were behind his decision. “I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my ‘style’ and about my continuing as the Head Coach. I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between Captain and Coach,” Kumble said.

Kumble said the BCCI had, several times, attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between him and the Captain. “But it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I, therefore, believe it is best for me to move on,” he said.

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    Srinibas Sahoo
    Jun 22, 2017 at 4:51 pm
    Virat kohli is not a captaincy material. He always creates disturbances in the team. For him country does not come first, his self respect comes first. A player is respected for his behaviour on and off the field. In both areas he is just like a over posesive player. First, after winning the toss, he should have taken batting instead of bowling. Due to his rift with Kumble, he took bowling first and lost the game. Neither he is a good captain. Many times he is indecisive on the field. He takes former captain Dhoni's suggestion whom to bowl, then what is he himself ?? First he behaved in such a way on the field Dhoni was pushed to resign from captaincy then he sends him in the bottom in the order just t finish him. He gives unconditional support to Rohit Sharam Yuvraj Singh who have more failure innings than successful one. The match against Pakistan was thrown by him. His activities will spoil the team. At first Kohli should be suspended from the team for indefinite period of time.
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      Apte
      Jun 22, 2017 at 4:50 pm
      1. Assuming for a moment that Virat Kohli had accepted advice of Anil Kumble to bat and still India had lost the final match, who would take responsibility for that loss, captain or head coach? 2. It is now possible to say that Virat Kohli opted to bowl though Anil Kumble advised him to bat. These types of controversies are raked up by people who are more interested in controversies rather than in welfare of the cricket team. 3. Even assuming that there were differences between captain Virat Kohli and head coach Anil Kumble, it is better to just ignore reports of differences. Now that Anil Kumble has relinquished his job, let the subject be closed permanently.
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      1. Sundar BN
        Jun 22, 2017 at 4:25 pm
        PV Sindhu is going great in Oz. Srikant won the Indonesian Open. And there was a bit of good news in Hockey. The achievements of our Badminton Super Stars is enough for us. Cricket doesn't really matter since it's only an excuse for the menfolk to waste time and provide some vicarious pleasure to couch potatoes. Great souls like Advani, Abhinav, Saina, PVSindhu, Srikant and few other Badminton players, Malleswari, Mary Kom among others show you that individuals, when they put their mind to it even if some of them are comparatively puny S. Indians, can achieve divinity. Cricket seems to make for excessive eye candy. After all, there's about a doz countries who play it. Let someone clean up the Aadhaar mess and help poor folks get their rations in spite of their fingerprint scans failing and lets read more about it than about cricket.... Just sayin' : like Simon says.
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        1. Ganapathy Balasubramaniam
          Jun 22, 2017 at 4:14 pm
          dal mey kutch kala dikta hai..... was there any threat to the virat from the underworld
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