Virat Kohli put on notice by BCCI after Anil Kumble’s resignation
Anil Kumble, who had stated in his resignation that the relation between him and Kohli had become “untenable”, chose to step down without much controversy.cricket Updated: Jun 22, 2017 18:16 IST
After former head coach Anil Kumble stepped down from his post on Tuesday, many felt that captain Virat Kohli finally had his way in the scheme of things, but if reports are to be believed, the skipper has also been warned to either perform or step down from the post.
“It has been given to understand that Kohli eventually had the veto power on the coach issue which pushed Kumble out of the team. Now that he has his way, he has to deliver as captain. Otherwise, he had it,” Times of India quoted a BCCI official as saying.
Team India had a brilliant run in the past few months, winning series against Australia, England, New Zealand and Bangladesh before reaching the finals of the Champions Trophy in England. However, despite the success, reports of a rift between Kohli and Kumble had started surfacing in the last couple of weeks before things turned way too ugly.
The BCCI had invited applications for the post of the new head coach around a month back before the Committee of Administrators endorsed an extension for the legendary leg-spinner till the end of the West Indies tour. However, Kumble, who had stated in his resignation that the relation between him and Kohli had become “untenable”, chose to step down without further controversies.
Under Kohli, the team has played just two limited-overs series, but managed to edge out victories in both of them. The loss in the Champions Trophy was thus the first in which Kohli failed as a captain but somewhere it eased out the process of Kumble’s exit.
Kohli, however, has numbers by his side. Before taking over the mantle from Dhoni as a full-time captain in the limited-overs format in January, Kohli had led India in 17 ODIs, and lost just three matches, including on his captaincy debut against Sri Lanka in Kingston.
India play a five-match ODI series and a one-off T20I against West Indies, starting June 23 and although it’s a major mismatch on paper, Kohli would know deep down that even a single failure would earn him a lot of flak.