Kohli unreasonable target in Kumble controversy: Thakur

Kristopher Nichols
June 26, 2017

"People should give the Board credit that it honoured the Cricket Advisory Committee's recommendation but also gave Kumble only a one-year contract so that the Board was free to take a call if there were to be any problems", he explained. There was perceptional issue, professional issues.

Kumble said that although the BCCI had, several times, attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between him and the captain, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and therefore, he had made a decision to move on. If anyone owes the cricket-watching public an explanation, it's the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which has looked increasingly rudderless since the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrator took the reins. Their credibility, nobody has ever doubted.

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Pakistan's tainted speedster Mohammad Amir also received special praise from Kohli (unexpected, right?) past year during Asia cup and after the final at The Oval (India losing by 180 runs), he publicly congratulated Pakistan team and accepted that they were the better team on the day.

Kumble stepped down earlier this week after revealing that his relations with skipper Virat Kohli had soured beyond fix. However, the two always maintained silence over the matter and it was expected that Kumble would continue and travel for India's tour of West Indies. It's his opinion which I respect. I don't whether Virat asked him to leave.

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On paper, it was a record that was worthy of getting him the job especially as he formed a strong relationship with Virat Kohli and the players during his two years in charge between 2014 and 2016. "There's no taking away that aspect of him at all and we respect him totally", Kohli added. As I said it's Anil's decision.

"It's [Kumble's resignation] something that has happened right after the [Champions Trophy] tournament". One thing for sure is that I've had 11 press conferences that have happened during the Champions Trophy. "For us that's paramount". The relationship between coach and captain is based on mutual trust and respect. Both had their say on the dressing room disputes, leaving the meaty parts between the lines.

Rai opted to play down the widely reported "tussle" between the captain and coach, but many had already termed the Kumble's resignation as one sad episode in the annals of Indian cricket.

Kumble took the initiative and tried to clarify the position, saying "though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I, therefore, believe it is best for me to move on".

In yet another twist, reports now came out that "if Kumble didn't resign, then Kohli would have".

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