In the last 3-4 days, much has happened in the Indian cricketing circles away from the cricket pitch, with reports saying that the current head coach Anil Kumble is unlikely to get an extension in his contract post the Champions Trophy.
We all know that earlier the Board of Control for Cricket in Indian (BCCI) has sent out an invitation and opened the doors for aspirants to apply for the post of the coach of Indian Cricket Team. It left many people confused, regarding why Kumble has not been offered an extension and why his service is being terminated.
If you have followed our previous articles, then you might know the probable cause of this decision, as predicted. In case you have missed it for some reason, here’s the article.
A new theory has evolved after the BCCI gave their statement of the issue recently. The news first surfaced on the internet stormed and was carried by many media sites. Most of them claimed that issues between captain Kohli and Kumble are the prime reason for the termination decision.
The reports suggest that the story began during the Test series between India and Australia back in March. According to BCCI Officials, the probable cause might have been the selection of Kuldeep Yadav for the India – Australia series. According to an analysis, Kumble insisted on including Kuldeep to be a part of the 3rd match in Ranchi, while Virat Kohli was strictly against it and Kuldeep had to sit for the match.
Things got sore during the 4th Test at Dharamsala. Apparently, Kohli was sitting that day due to an injury and Ajinkya was put in charge. On the other hand, Kumble took the privilege and went with the selection of Kuldeep, without the consent of Kohli.
BCCI was quoted as saying, “This may or may not be the reason. But we believe the people in the corridors of power have been told that Kumble is overbearing and doesn’t give freedom to the players. It’s sad that aspersions are cast on a legend of Indian cricket.”
However, Anil Kumble’s decision of including Kuldeep Yadav turned to be the right one as he played exceptionally well by taking 4 wickets in the first innings. Considering all the reports to be true, Kumble’s tenure as the coach of the India Cricket Team seems to be coming to an end.
We can’t do anything if there are any internal issues between the captain and the coach, we can only hope that the problems would be resolved soon for the sake of cricket itself. What do you say about this clash between Virat and Kumble? Share your views with us in the comments section below.