Kohli steers clear of 'respected' Kumble's departure

Anil Kumble Virat Kohli India vs West Indies 2017 Indian head coach

Meanwhile Kohli has deleted year-old tweet welcoming Kumble as head coach. Archive

Anil Kumble or Virat Kohli? Our bowlers performance was mediocre while the top order fell like nine pins. Such stalwarts of Indian cricket as Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman selected Kumble and even gave him an extension.

Not quite directed to anybody as such, the Instagram photo posted on Friday, suddenly got viral and speculations were made that he apparently took an indirect dig at Kumble as the latter had pointed fingers at Kohli, saying the Team India "Captain had reservations with my "style" and about my continuing as the Head Coach".

BCCI should order for a probe into this incident.

The legendary leg-spinner's one-year term was supposed to end after the Champions Trophy, but was extended by the BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) until the end of the ongoing tour of the West Indies. "There's no taking away that aspect of him at all and we respect him totally".

Recalling his coach-captain equation with Kohli, Whatmore says he felt that there was always a "leader" in Kohli. "As I said, his (Kumble) point of view is out there and we respect that decision", he added.

"It's something that's very sacred and private to all of us, something that I would not express in details in a public scenario".

"We have created a culture over the last three or four years that whatever happens in the changing room we have tried to maintain the sanctity of the changing room throughout and that is what the whole team believes".

On the other hand, people were also seen questioning Kumble for failing in man management and addressing the grievances of the cricketers, which led to widening the gap.

According to India Express, A BCCI spokesperson revealed that CAC will not consult the team or captain while selecting the next coach. India won the World T20 under me, they won the CB series under me and also we beat Pakistan.

Earlier on June 22, Virat Kohli deleted his year-old tweet welcoming Anil Kumble's appointment as the national cricket team coach, further exposing the bitterness that had crept in.

We hope that BCCI's decision will be in the interest of the Indian cricket team.

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.

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