The alleged rift between Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli & coach Anil Kumble has been in the news for days now. Although, there have been no confirmed reports and neither party has commented on the matter, speculations have been ripe in the media, like Kohli calling Kumble “over bearing”, among others. From Kohli’s dissatisfaction to Sehwag’s application to Ramachandra Guha’s resignation, here are 5 developments in the case so far.
1) May 25: The BCCI invited applications for the post of the head coach, practically reminding Kumble that he would not be getting an automated extension following the expiry of his contract. The interested candidates could have applied by May 31 and would be interviewed by Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.
2) May 31: Following the previous week’s unprecedented invitation for applications for the post of head coach, an Indian Express report stated that the board had received a word from Indian captain Virat Kohli calling Kumble “overbearing”. Sources in the dressing room told IE that Kohli had doubts about Kumble from the beginning. One of them said, “He would throw a word or two about what he thought about the new coach. You know, nothing bad, but there was enough there to realise he wasn’t sure or had some doubts”.
3) June 1: BCCI secretary Amitabh Chaudhary told the media that he did not see any smoke at all and denied any rift between the captain and the coach. He had said that the BCCI was following its routine process in matters to inviting applications for the post of the head coach. “Appointment was made for certain time and that is ending. BCCI is following the process and Cricket Advisory Committee will take decision”, he added.
4) Virender Sehwag became one of the top names for the job of the coach of the Indian cricket team, ANI had reported. According to the report, six former players had applied for the hot job so far which includes the current Indian team coach Anil Kumble who was a direct entry.
Meanwhile, Ramachandra Guha’s resignation, right after the alleged rift between Kohli and Kumble also raised questions. Various media reports suggested that Guha might have been the one behind the idea of a revamped pay structure idea. “One is right that Anil Kumble did not voluntarily ask for a pay hike. He was certainly told by COA to give a presentation…Guha was one of the advocates of hike but he was clueless about percentages and rationale that goes in financial dealings,” the BCCI official told reporters.
5) June 2: Virender Sehwag has emerged as the top runner for the post after Anil Kumble finishes his tenure, i.e, after the ongoing Champions Trophy 2017, CNN News18 reported. However, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of BCCI comprising of Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar will take the final decision on it.