Virat Kohli Felt Younger Players Were Intimidated By Anil Kumble, Reveals A New Book

Virat Kohli Felt Younger Players Were Intimidated By Anil Kumble, Reveals A New Book

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05 Apr 2022
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Kumble Vs Kohli Controversy

5 years ago, due to the dispute between Indian captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble, there was a disagreement in Indian cricket. The matter had become so bad that Kumble had to leave his post. Now about this controversy, former CAG Vinod Rai has made a big disclosure through a book. In 2017, the Supreme Court made Rai the head of the Committee of Administrators (CoA), which ran Indian cricket for nearly three years.

Former CAG Vinod Rai in his book ‘Not Just a Nightwatchman: My Innings in the BCCI’ has written about the relationship between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble. The former IAS officer says that the cricket administrators’ committee was also troubled by the rift in the captain-coach relationship.

Were the young players afraid of coach Kumble?

Former CAG Vinod Rai wrote in his book, “In my conversations with the captain and team management, it was pointed out that Kumble was very strict in terms of discipline and hence the team members were not very happy with him. I spoke to Virat Kohli on this issue and he also said that the younger members of the team used to be very scared of the way coach Kumble worked.

Kumble was upset over the controversy

The former CAG in his book has referred to the lengthy conversation he had with Kumble after the 2017 Champions Trophy. He wrote, “After Kumble’s return from Britain, the Committee of Cricket Administrators had a long conversation with him. Kumble was upset with the way this entire issue was brought to the fore. He felt that he had been treated badly and that so much importance should not be given to a captain or team. It was the coach’s responsibility to inculcate discipline and professionalism in the team and senior players should have respected their thoughts and ideas.”

CAC spoke to Kumble and Kohli in London

The book also mentions that the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of the BCCI – comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman – spoke to Kohli and Kumble during the Champions Trophy in England in June 2017 . During this there was also a discussion about the new head coach of Team India.

The decision was taken to make Kumble the coach again

It has been claimed in the book that the then CEO Rahul Johri and acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary also had talks with both the parties regarding Kohli-Kumble. Both of them felt that the differences were serious and the Cricket Advisory Committee was the best suited to talk to Kumble and Virat on the controversy. 

After this, the CAC had separate talks with Kumble and Kohli in London. After talks that lasted for 3 days, they decided to recommend Kumble to be re-appointed as the head coach. But, later, taking a big decision, Kumble resigned from his post. According to former COA Vinod Rai, this decision was not less than a setback for him too.

After this whole controversy, Ravi Shastri was made the head coach of Team India. However, a controversy arose regarding his appointment as well. But Shastri remained the coach of Team India for 4 years and under his leadership, Team India created new success stories.

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