2017 ICC Champions Trophy: Indian Players Disappointed With News Of A Rift Between Virat Kohli & Anil Kumble
The news of a rift between the Indian skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble came as a big surprise on May 29th when the reports suggested both of them have different voices in the dressing room. The news caught air quite early and became the talk of the town.
The matter has come up at a wrong time as, within a matter of four days, the Indian team is set to kick off its Champions Trophy campaign against none other than the arch-rival Pakistan and planting these sort of stories can affect the performance of the team.
In fact, it has shown its impact, as few of the Indian players are reportedly unhappy with all what is being said,
“Virat and Anil are behaving very normally, like any captain and coach. There is not a trace of ill-feeling,” said a source.
The matter drew attention when BCCI invited applications for the post of head coach for the Indian team. Talking performance wise, by no means Kumble can be removed and the action of BCCI clearly shows that all is not well in the Indian dressing room.
The reports suggested that clash initiated between the two when Kumble wanted to play Kuldeep Yadav against Australia at Ranchi on a turning track. However, Kohli did not play him and in the very next game that Kohli skipped due to injury, Kuldeep made his debut under Rahane’s captaincy.
In addition to that, there was another instance when Kohli was disappointed when Anil Kumble proposed a pay hike for himself and the team plus extra pay for captain for extra responsibilities. Kohli was unhappy with Kumble proposing extra hike for him, as many thought that Kumble has proposed this move to strengthen his case as well.
Surely with BCCI inviting application and forcing Virender Sehwag to apply for the role, the chances of Kumble retaining the charge of the coach looks slim and India may travel to Sri Lanka with a new Head Coach, who is expected to retain the charge till World Cup 2019.
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