Ex-India coach and Virat Kohli had reportedly stopped talking with each other after the conclusion of the Test series against England in December last year. The rift between Kumble and Kohli finally came out in public in the buildup to the just-concluded ICC Champions Trophy. Before the tournament, rumours of a rift between the two were all over the place but they were put to bed for sometime after Kohli stated that all was fine between him and Kumble.
But despite his assurance, reports of the rift kept on doing round and it finally ended on a sad note with Kumble stepping down from his post on Tuesday (June 20). In his statement, Kumble revealed he stepped down after knowing about Kohli’s reservations over his ‘style’ of coaching.
Well, Kumble said that he came to know about Kohli’s views just a day after the conclusion of the Champions Trophy but a BCCI official who was in the know of things has revealed that the duo were not on talking terms for the last six months.
“The two had stopped talking to each other since December when the England Test series got over. There were problems but it was like shocking that the two didn’t have any proper communication for the past six months. On Sunday evening after the final, they were made to sit across table and they both agreed that it’s not working out,” the senior BCCI official, who was present in London during the whole episode, told PTI.
The source further said that although the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, was ready to give Kumble an extension, they had one condition for it.
“There had been reports that the CAC had okayed Kumble’s extension. They had okayed his extension but with a rider. They had said that Kumble should be retained provided all pending issues are resolved,” he said.
After India’s loss to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final, there were three separate meetings at the team hotel.
The first was where Kumble met the BCCI top brass and members of CAC followed by Kohli meeting them.
The last and probably the decisive meeting happened when Kohli and Kumble were made to sit across the table. The talks failed completely as there was no communication.
Shedding more light on the meeting, the source said: “When we spoke to Anil separately and specifically asked him if there’s any problem, he said he has ‘no problems with Virat’.
When Kumble was told about the specific areas where Kohli has reservations about his functioning, the former India skipper said these were non-issues.”
The official further said hinted that it was almost impossible for others to resolve the issue.
“Look, if one of the two protagonists feel that there are issues which seemed to be non-issue to the other one, only these two can then sort out. Once they sat across the table, both realised after coming out that it has gone beyond repair.
Kumble’s contract had ended after the Champions Trophy but he was given an option to extend it for at least the West Indies tour. Kumble initially seemed to have accepted it but changed his mind after knowing about Kohli’s reservations..
Anil’s tickets were booked for Barbados. His wife was also supposed to join him but he knew it was over,” the official added.
Explaining about the issue of the tussle between Kohli and Kumble, the source added:“Let’s put it that Virat felt that Anil is entering an area which was his domain. For Anil, who has been a decorated player and an India captain, he has his own beliefs and ideas but the final call always stays with the captain.’