'Respect Anil Bhai's Views': Virat Kohli On Coach Row

"We all respect that decision", the Indian skipper told ANI.

The rumours of a fallout between the two had been doing the rounds since May, but it was only during the build-up to the Champions Trophy 2017 that the rumours found substance.

Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and seamer Kesrick Williams look most likely to miss out from the squad of 13.

With questions being raised on his attitude following the resignation of Anil Kumble, captain Virat Kohli finds himself facing the heat with cricketing greats and the board training guns at him.

The teams will contest five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 global in the coming weeks. All the years that he has played.

Moreover, the 28-year old also refused to comment on whether the rift could have any adverse effects on the team's performances, saying, "See as I mentioned, for me it is important to maintain the sanctity of the change room". For us that is paramount.

Anil Kumble put down his papers on Tuesday explaining that Kohli had "reservations" about his style of coaching, and therefore, to protect the interest of Indian cricket, he thought it wise to quit. "As I said, his (Kumble) point of view is out there and we respect that decision", he added. In a video released by news agency ANI, Kohli opened up and spoke about how he will never reveal the dressing room details in public as it is 'private to all.' While talking about coach Anil Kumble resignation he said, "Anil bhai (Anil Kumble) has expressed his views and has taken a decision to step out, we all respect that decision". They found him "overbearing" and felt that Kumble was thrust upon them by BCCI officials to clip Ravi Shastri's influence.

Virat Kohli will lead India against West Indies. "There's no taking away that aspect of him at all and we respect him totally". In these 12 months, India won five consecutive Test series (West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia), clinched two ODI series (New Zealand and England), won a T20 worldwide series (England) and reached the final of the ICC Champions Trophy which Pakistan won by 180 runs.

And he was being considered the front-runner for an extension till the 2019 World Cup, with Team India having won nearly every series under him in the past one year.

BCCI has assured that India will have a new coach before Team India's tour to Sri Lanka, starting July 21. "In fact, the selectors should have tried out more youngsters for this West Indies tour, as they are one of the weakest teams at the moment". Meanwhile, Sanjay Bangar, and R Sridhar, will continue to remain the batting coach and the fielding coach, respectively.

  • Carolyn Briggs