Kohli-Kumble rift shakes India

Tension between Kohli and Kumble could cause problems for India in the Champions Trophy.

Signs of a rift between the Indian skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Anil Kumble have broken out in the media ahead of the team’s campaign to win a second straight Champions Trophy.

As India prepare to kick start  their tournament against arch rivals Pakistan in Birmingham on Sunday, Indian media is abuzz with reports of differences between Kohli and Kumble over tactics and training.

It was reported earlier that Kohli is unhappy with head coach Kumble and his style of going about leading the team.The senior players also are reportedly unhappy with Kumble’s strict taskmaster style.  For these reasons Kumble is being sacked from the head coaches position after the conclusion of the Champions Trophy.

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Kumble has had a very successful one-year tenure as the coach of the Indian team and under his guidance, Virat Kohli and his troops have won each and every series that they have played so far. However, off the field, things aren’t going so well for kumble.

Former COA member Ram Guha made it clear in his letter to chairman Vindo Rai that all is not well between Kohli and Kumble.

“The Indian team’s record this past season has been excellent; and even if the players garner the bulk of the credit, surely the head coach and his support staff also get some. In a system based on justice and merit, the head coach’s term would have been extended. Instead, Kumble was left hanging, and then told the post would be re-advertised afresh,” Guha wrote to Rai.

It is also being reported that the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) — which comprises of former cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman — will try to broker peace between the senior players and the coach.

Ashfaq Niloy, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com