Legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble resigned as the coach of Indian cricket team on Tuesday after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided against extending his one-year contract. There were reports about his rift with Captain Virat Kohli as well, and he made it quite clear in his tweet that the reports about the difference in opinions, in fact, were true.
Thank you! pic.twitter.com/eF5qVzdBRj
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) June 20, 2017
After keeping quiet about the reports of the tiff between the two, Virat Kohli finally responded to Anil Kumble’s resignation. He spoke about the reasons why Kumble resigned and said that his decision must be respected. Virat Kohli said –
‘Anil bhai has expressed his views and he has taken a decision to step out and we all respect that decision. It’s something that has happened right after the tournament…One thing for sure is that I have had 11 press conferences that have happened during the Champions Trophy. We have created a culture over the last 3-4 years that whatever happens in the change room, we have tried to maintain the sanctity of the change room throughout. That is what the whole team believes in. For us that is paramount.’
When he was asked to explain his side of the story, Virat Kohli said –
‘Like I said, for me what’s most important is to maintain the sanctity of the dressing room and what happens in the change-room is something that’s very sacred and private to all of us…And something that I would not express in details in a public scenario. As I said, his point of view is out there and we respect that decision.’
Well, this was not something that we expected out of you, Virat. Does this mean that the accusations are all true?