The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to scrutinise the exit of Anil Kumble from the Indian cricket team as Rahul Johri, CEO of BCCI, has asked for a report from Kapil Malhotra, the administrative manager of Indian cricket team. He has been asked to submit a detailed report regarding what transpired between the captain and coach during the time when they were together.
Though the news of rift between Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli came in public domain before the start of Champions Trophy it was put to rest when Kohli, in his pre-match presser against the first league game against Pakistan, squashed all the rumours and said,
“There are no issues whatsoever. There has been a lot of speculation and a lot of things written by people without actually being a part of the changing room, which is very strange. There are no problems whatsoever. The team is totally focused on the Champions Trophy.”
India performed well in the Champions Trophy and reached the final of the tournament despite this row and soon after India failed to defend the cup, the news of Anil Kumble not travelling with the team to West Indies for the limited overs series came out. Even before one could anticipate why he did not go with the team, news of him resigning from the post came out – which was the biggest news of the day and the letter which Kumble wrote, revealed all the secrets of the dressing room.
The former Head Coach Kumble revealed that he has learnt about Captain having reservations about his style. Kumble mentioned that his relation with Kohli was untenable, hence, he quit.
The untenable relation was result of differences between the two right from Kumble took over the charge as it is learnt that Kohli wanted to drop Cheteshwar Pujara from playing XI against West Indies, whereas Kumble backed him. Further, their style of play also mismatched when Kumble wanted to play Kuldeep Yadav in Ranchi Test against Australia on a turning track but Kohli objected. As soon as Kohli missed next Test due to a shoulder injury, Kuldeep made his debut in the next Test under the leadership of Ajinkya Rahane, which added to the differences between the two.
As per the reports, they both haven’t talked to each other since the series against England, hence, Johri has asked for a report from Anil Patel as well, who was the administrative manager of Indian team during the long home season that started from the month of September and ended in March.