Don't Know Whats Going on Between Kohli and Kumble: Sourav Ganguly

BCCI took Cricket fraternity by surprise with inviting applications for the post of head coach of team India. It is now widely believed that the decision was made following a feedback from Kohli and the outspoken Indian skipper is said to have described Kumble's method of coaching as 'intimidating'.

Kumble had replaced Shastri as head coach before last year's overseas series against the West Indies.

Kumble demanded a substantial rise in the salaries of the players (including domestic cricketers) and support staff and has also given a presentation to that effect to the BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA). He is also understood to have spoken to Sourav Ganguly, who, along with Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman, are part of the cricket advisory panel tasked with picking a new coach.

The players' concerns are thought to centre mainly around Kumble's man-management skills. Now, this will show you that you've played a hundred balls, how many you played on the off-side and how many on the on-side, how many you left, the maximum speed which you attained. "It's sad that aspersions are cast on a legend of Indian cricket." an official told The Hindu. So, we have to wait and see what happens in the near future and who will take the responsibility of team India coach.

Rahul Dravid has been instrumental in unearthing young Indian talent with his work as the Under-19 and India "A" coach.

He said: "The process has been followed every single time the similar way in Indian cricket for the past so many years is what I know". "Even the last time the post was up for a change the same procedure was applied". That is something the board has recognised. It added that a certain section of BCCI was in favour of extending Kumble's contract earlier, but a board functionary told them that Kohli was not comfortable with the idea of working with Kumble on a long-term basis. It comes off a long and successful season at home, and in the normal course of things the buzz would be about India's match against Pakistan at Birmingham on June 4, given how rarely the traditional rivals play each other these days. And now they have to go through the process again; it isn't yet known if Kumble will go through the process again.

  • Arturo Norris