Anil Kumble was forced to resign after blasting Team India for failure in Champions Trophy final

first_imgIndia lost the final of the ICC Champions Trophy by 180 runs at The Oval on Sunday, an embarrassing defeat against a Pakistan team they easily beat in the group stage.India Today has learnt that Kumble blasted the players, who were already disappointed with the defeat, for about half-an-hour in the dressing room after their final defeat and it did not go down too well with them. It seems majority of players were in favour of Kumble being removed as most didn’t get along with him or his style of coaching.Kumble stepped down as India coach on Tuesday after a year in charge, blaming a breakdown in his relationship with captain Virat Kohli for his exit.Kumble in his statement post resignation mentioned that he was told by the The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday that Kohli had “reservations with my ‘style’ and about my continuing as head coach.” However, it is believed that the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) had informed Kumble on May 21 in Hyderabad that captain had “reservations” against him.CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOBCCI said it wanted Kumble to remain as coach despite the team’s heavy loss to arch-rivals Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday but that the former spinner “has decided not to continue.””Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable,” Kumble tweeted, “and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on.”advertisementBCCI sources say there was never any attempt on Kumble’s part to reconcile and his ego always took precedence. The coach and captain also had no communication for the past five months.Kumble said he was “surprised” by Kohli’s stance “since I had always respected the role boundaries between captain and coach.”Kumble’s one-year contract expired at the end of the Champions Trophy.He didn’t fly out with the team for the limited-overs tour of the West Indies starting on Friday, and instead stayed in London to attend International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings. He is chair of the cricket committee.When the BCCI asked last month for applications for national coach, it said Kumble didn’t have to apply as he was the incumbent. But it said it wanted a fair and transparent process.During the Champions Trophy, Kohli denied rumours of rift with Kumble.Kumble achieved great success in his tenure, despite little previous first-class coaching experience. India’s highest wicket-taker led the team to the top of the Test rankings, after series wins over West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.India won 12 of 17 Tests and lost only one. They won eight of 13 ODIs, and had a shot at defending the Champions Trophy crown.(With inputs from AP)last_img

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