Have total respect for Kumble as a cricketer: Kohli

Ross Houston
June 24, 2017

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, who is part of the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) for selecting the Team India coach, on Thursday said Anil Kumble's decision to resign from the position of Team India head coach was a personal choice. However, Kumble claimed that he had been told for the very first time on June 19 that Virat Kohli had reservations with his "style" of coaching.

In the interim, the BCCI has deputed MV Sridhar, GM - Cricket Operations to supervise the Team Management for the West Indies tour, which will commence from June 23.

Almost one year after being appointed as the coach of the side, Kumble chose to step down from the post shortly after India's Champions Trophy 2017 campaign which saw them finish as the runners-up to arch-rivals Pakistan in a one-sided final. With Kumble as coach, India regained the top-ranked status in the five-day version of the game with consecutive victories over the West Indies, New Zealand, Bangladesh, England and Australia.

According to a source said: "Kohli had been adamant that Kumble couldn't continue as the head coach and that the Board needed to look for a replacement". But he has made a decision to not go on with the West Indies tour.

The cricketer turned commentator also stated that he would like an Indian coach take over the reins instead of a foreigner being roped in.

Kumble stepped down as India coach on Tuesday citing differences with skipper Virat Kohli. "Anil did a good job but at the end of the day, everybody wants to know what happened and why it was impossible for the captain and coach to reconcile". As I said, his point of view is out there and we respect that decision.

Kohli, on the other hand, prior to India's opening encounter at the Champions Trophy against Pakistan played down the reports of him having differences with the head coach, saying they were mere speculations which have been created by the people.

The Indian team will next face West Indies in the limited-overs series in the Caribbean.

"When the coach is selected, the captain has not got any role in that", he said. "After that, BCCI will decide who should be the coach".

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