Harbhajan backs Kumble in stint with national team

There has been talk of differences between coach and captain: according to BCCI officials, Kumble's working style has been described by Virat Kohli as "overbearing".

The Indian cricket team is now in England and Wales preparing for the eighth edition of ICC Champions Trophy. Kohli had expressed his displeasure to the BCCI top brass and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) before the team left for England.

It is also being reported that the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) - which comprises of former cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman - will try to broker peace between the senior players and the coach.

The players are unhappy with Kumble's man-management skills and one BCCI official has even termed Kumble as a "headmaster" at a school. "It can not happen because the coach is invariably somebody who has played in an earlier generation, so their attitude will always be slightly different", Gavaskar said at the Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket 2017.The legendary opener also feels that coach is one who should have a long term vision.

Ravi Shastri, who preceded Kumble as the Team Director and was interviewed last year, is understood to have been contacted but he has made it clear that he will not apply for the job following his embarassing exit, last year. India begin their defence of ICC Champions Trophy on June 4 against Pakistan. "Kumble was pushing hard. So the team is not a happy lot".

It may, therefore, not come as a surprise if Kumble decides to not seek an extension. "If no solution is found then expect a new coach on June 10", the source added.

Gavaskar, who scored 10122 Test runs in 125 matches for India, feels that coach's responsibility is to have a long-term vision which would carry the status of cricket for the next 8 years.

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

"I am not sure whether these reports of a rift between Kumble and Kohli are true or not but timing is not right", said Gavaskar. He also wants the BCCI to increase the salaries of the players and also their coaching staff, which also includes Kumble.

  • Joanne Flowers