Lesson for aspiring Indian cricket coaches: captain is king

Rubbishing all news regarding the possible rift between him and coach Anil Kumble, Indian captain Virat Kohli on Saturday said that it is nothing but a speculation created by some people.

Virender Sehwag yesterday became the most notable applicant for the Indian cricket team's chief coach's post, which would be technically vacant when Anil Kumble's term comes to an end after the Champions Trophy.

The team is totally focussed on the ICC Champions Trophy at the moment, and explaining the entire process for appointing a new coach by the BCCI is not my job.

But Kohli timed his answers pretty well, defending the tricky ones with crisp replies like "working with Kumble has been good".

"I do not think that should be taken too seriously, because these discussions are healthy for the team". A lot of people like to find a lot of rumours flying around, especially before the start of the tournament. And that's all we can say. "I've told the boys to not pay attention to what people are saying or writing, but to focus on their cricket".

The captain made the comment at a time when it is less than 24 hours left for the high voltage match between India and Pakistan in the ongoing Champions Trophy 2017.

Gavaskar hopes that maybe the Cricket Advisory Committee will be able to solve the misunderstanding "Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman - these three are legends of the game - these three have played with Anil and they will get the respect and will be heard by both Virat and Anil. We have got such a big game, which would decide how the Indian team would do in the tournament", he said. Under Kumble's guidance, the Indian team has identified a core group of players for the future and has done exceedingly well in the last one year, winning all but one Test match in their 13-Test home season.

Englishman Pybus has also coached Pakistan twice but has played only one first-class match. Can never take them lightly. Yuvi said: "I think it was fantastic, very moving, it's about Sachin Tendulkar and it reminded us of our world cup victory which was very special and attractive and it always remains in our heart". "I'm under no pressure".

Tough competitors like South Africa and Sri Lanka are also placed along with India, but if India struggle at the opener then it may be impossible to come back in the remaining game.

"In my 15 years of playing with him, there has been no instance of any fight with him and he's the best bowling mind in cricket, he's always there to help".

  • Carolyn Briggs