Will Anil Kumble resign as Indian cricket team coach? Signs are strong
The Cricket Advisory Committee of the BCCI will meet on Friday to review situation in Indian dressing room. Anil Kumble’s days as Indian cricket team coach seem numbered.icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 16, 2017 01:32 IST
There is a strong indication that Anil Kumble’s job as the Indian cricket team’s head coach is on the line.
Although the Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, is keen that the former leg-spinner continue at least till the end of the limited overs series in the West Indies, Kumble may not like to continue.
As per Kumble’s one-year contract with the BCCI, his terms expires at the end of the ICC Champions Trophy but the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators, led by Vinod Rai, wants Kumble to continue only if he is keen.
While reports of rift with captain Virat Kohli may not be totally true, Kumble’s presence in the dressing room is not welcomed by senior players, revealed a top BCCI source.
“Yes, players do not want him and there will be a change in coach for sure,” the official said.
The question is when?
“The CAC is really worried about this issue and given the fact that the Caribbean series is upon us, this is not the right time to change the coach. But it will eventually happen,” said the Board official.
The CAC is meeting in London on Friday to find a solution. While the three wise men didn’t want to be hasty in finding the right replacement, Kumble may not want to stay on.
If India can beat Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval on Sunday, it will be good occasion for Kumble to end his association with the Indian team.
After all, Kumble has been synonymous with success even though Kohli believes it is a “team game and success is not anybody’s personal”.
Given the clash of personalities, Kumble could well decide not to continue.
KOHLI LOVES BANGAR
Kohli once again spoke highly of batting coach Sanjay Bangar after India battered Bangladesh by nine wickets in the ICC Champions Trophy semifinal at Edgbaston on Thursday.
Not only Bangar, Kohli mentioned about Raghu, one man who throws balls to players trying to perfect their strokes for hours during nets.
“Bangar’s inputs have been priceless. If I have become a better batsman, it’s because of Bangar and Raghu,” said Kohli.
The separation with Kumble would have been smoother if Kohli was not involved in this mess, said the BCCI official.
Should Kohli be given the superpowers to even select a coach?
That’s not an ideal scenario for the CAC. That will be setting a bad precedent too.
Given the fact that Ganguly believes in complete powers for the team captain, Kohli may just win the battle.
One thing is for sure, Virender Sehwag is a rank outsider even though the CAC, which has the complete faith of the BCCI, is keen on an Indian head coach.
First Published: Jun 16, 2017 01:20 IST