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  • Writer's pictureCricket Chatter by Dilip Ahluwalia

What happened between Anil Kumble and the Team?

Updated: Mar 9, 2023

Anil Kumble has been one of the most dedicated players to have played for India. His commitment to the country and team is unparalleled. He played a match with a broken jaw as he did not want to leave his team a bowler short. His fighting spirit was evident whenever he took the field, one time with a broken jaw. He is an Indian Cricket Legend.

Anil Kumble playing with broken jaw in the Antigua Test of 2002

When Kumble took the responsibility to coach team India, one could feel his passion, dedication, and love for this role even from the outside.

One can recollect Kumble coming to the balcony with his professional camera to click pictures of players achieving milestones. Out of 18 tests in which he was the coach of Team India, we won 12 and lost only 1. We defeated teams like Australia, New Zealand, England, West Indies & Bangladesh in Tests under his tenure.

When the news of his resignation broke, it was shocking for the fans to understand what could have gone wrong between the players and the coach. Anil Kumble did not shy from naming Virat Kohli in his resignation letter.

Twitter statement by Kumble on 20 June 2017 –

"I am honoured by the confidence reposed in me by the CAC, in asking me to continue as Head Coach. The credit for the achievements of the last one year goes to the Captain, the entire team, coaching and support staff. Post this intimation, I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my 'style' and about my continuing as the Head Coach. I was surprised since I have always respected the role boundaries between Captain and Coach. 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. Professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and diverse views are the key traits I bring to the table. These need to be valued for the partnership to be effective. I see the Coach's role akin to 'holding a mirror' to drive self-improvement in the team's interest. In light of these 'reservations' I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and BCCI deem fit. Let me reiterate that it has been an absolute privilege to have served as Head Coach for the last one year. I thank the CAC, BCCI, CoA, and all concerned. I also wish to thank the innumerable followers and fans of Indian cricket for their continued support. I will remain a well-wisher of the great cricketing tradition of my country forever."

It would be interesting for every cricket fan to hear the other side of the story from Virat Kohli when he decides to open up on the matter.

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