Kohli deflects question on Kumble saga

"BCCI tried its level best to resolve the issue". The acting secretary, CEO had a discussion with Kumble and Kohli. We need to also find out whether they found it overbearing and what exactly is overbearing.

"Let's wait and see what they found wrong in Anil Kumble".

"Since, Kohli had strong reservations against him, Kumble chose to gracefully leave the scene on his own", the official said.

"Team India will have its new head coach before Sri Lanka tour". There were attempts by the BCCI officials to reconcile differences between the two, as Kumble said in a statement earlier that he would rejoin the team after attending an ICC meeting by June 23. "After that, BCCI will decide who should be the coach", he said. "And we all respect him totally", he added further.

Since Duncan Fletcher left in March 2015, India, now the world's top Test team, have struggled for stability with Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Bangar both taking on temporary roles before Kumble's reign.

Gavaskar said, "On the field, the captain is the boss, off the field it's the coach or the manager".

Azhar, a former teammate of Kumble, said it was hard to blame anybody in the whole fiasco but hoped there would be clarity on why the captain and coach could not get along. He entrusted the job of replacing his position to the Cricket Advisory Committee. "After that, BCCI will decide who should be the coach", he said.

However, Kohli, before India's opening encounter at the Champions Trophy against Pakistan rejected the reports of him having rift with the head coach, saying they were mere speculations which have been created by the people.

Kumble revealed an open letter on Facebook and Twitter revealing the reason as to why he stepped down as the coach. "I don't want to talk on this matter", Ganguly, who had picked Kumble as part of the CAC previous year, said at CAB.

A day after Anil Kumble's announcement that he wouldn't continue as coach of the Indian team, it emerged that his emphasis on discipline is what upset Virat Kohli. CAC should be doing more for Indian cricket than just selecting the coach.

The BCCI invited applications for the role last month and Kumble had re-applied for the same.

It was learnt that the BCCI had received applications from Sehwag, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus and Dodda Ganesh.

  • Julie Sanders