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Kohli Had Reservations About my Style, Says Kumble as he Steps Down

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Anil Kumble has stepped down as the coach of the Indian team. Kumble's tenure was supposed to come to an end after India's campaign at the Champions Trophy but it was widely expected that he will lead the team in West Indies as well.

New Delhi: Hours after stepping down as the head coach of India Cricket team, Anil Kumble on Tuesday night in a Facebook post confirmed that it was due to captain Kohli's reservations with his "style" and about him continuing as the head coach that he had decided to move on.

"I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between captain and coach," read the post, adding that the BCCI had attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the captain and him, but "it was apparent that the partnership was untenable and I, therefore, believe it is best for me to move on".

In the light of these 'reservations', I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and BCCI deem fit, the post further read.

Kumble's tenure was supposed to come to an end after India's campaign at the Champions Trophy but it was widely expected that he will lead the team in West Indies as well.

"The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCC) confirms that Mr Anil Kumble has withdrawn his services as the post of the Head Coach for the Senior India Men’s team. While the Cricket Advisory Committee had endorsed an extension to his tenure as Head Coach, Mr Anil Kumble has decided not to continue as the coach," BCCI said in a statement.

"We wish to place on record our sincere appreciation for the immense contribution by Anil Kumble to the team which enabled India to attain the No.1 Test position. Indian cricket needs his continued contribution in various capacities and wishes him all the best in his future endeavour," BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary was quoted as saying in the statement.

Speaking exclusively to Crickenext, a BCCI official said that CEO Rahul Johri had offered Kumble a small extension but he said no to it.

"BCCI CEO Rahul Johri had offered Kumble a two-week extension till the time there could have more clarity in the matter, but he refused to take it," said the source.

Interestingly, Cricketnext also learnt that the players waited for Kumble at the airport in England before leaving for the Caribbean but he never showed up. Kumble did not accompany the Indian team citing the ICC Annual Conference that started on Monday and will continue till June 23.

Kumble's leaving the Indian team was inevitable as speaking to Cricketnext earlier, a source in the COA said that it is important that Kohli and Kumble are on the same page before the latter is handed an extension because the atmosphere in the team will take a beating if Kumble continues against Kohli’s wish.

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"One thing that is clear is that Kohli and Kumble need to be on the same page if Kumble is to get an extension. Otherwise, a situation might arise wherein the players might find it difficult to handle the scenario. Imagine the coach wanting something and the skipper asking the players to do something else. That is a scenario that must be avoided," said the source.

Throughout the Champions Trophy, the relationship between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble was in frozen mode. The skipper and coach were hardly seen interacting with each other during the practice sessions.

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Although, Kohli dismissed all the talks about the rift before the start of the tournament, the two never looked at ease in each other's company. The only time the duo were seen speaking to each other in public during practice was on the eve of the final.

Earlier news came in that Kohli met Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman with the BCCI's acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, CEO Johri and general manager MV Sridhar on the eve of India's Champions Trophy final against Pakistan. And Kohli made his position very clear and wasn't willing to patch-up with the coach.

The BCCI had sent out invitation for the coach’s post as Kumble’s one-year contract ended with the Champions Trophy and former India opener Virender Sehwag was literally pushed by the Board to send in his resume.

"We have contacted Sehwag during the IPL and asked him to consider applying for the job of India coach. But he won’t be the only one applying because we expect other former players to also throw their hats in the ring," a top BCCI official said earlier.

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Apart from Sehwag, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody, Englishman Richard Pybus, Afghanistan coach Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh have applied for the job. News also came in that former Australia pacer Craig McDermott had applied for the India coach’s job, but won’t be eligible for the interview as his application came to the BCCI email id after the deadline.