Virat Kohli opens up for the first time after Anil Kumble's resignation

Ruben Hill
June 26, 2017

"We wish to place on record our honest appreciation for the enormous contribution by Anil Kumble to the team which enabled India to attain the No.1 Test position", acting BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement. However, now the pressure is on Kohli to deliver, or he will be taken to task, according to a top BCCI official.

Amidst all the controversy and speculation regarding the captain-coach spat between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble, the Indian cricket team captain has apparently deleted his old tweet welcoming Kumble as the coach of the Indian cricket team.

India suffered a humiliating defeat to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday, but Kumble also helped them reclaim the number-one Test ranking and maintained an unblemished record in five Test series.

The sudden decision by Anil Kumble of stepping down from the post of Team India's head coach has raised many eyebrows.

Kumble said the BCCI had, several times, attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between him and the captain.

But rather than engage in a public slanging match with an ex-India captain, Kohli was coy on the rift, saying: "Anil has expressed his views, he has taken a decision to step out and we all respect that decision". In his words- "I have total respect for him as a cricketer and what he has achieved for the nation".

Just before India's tour of the West Indies, Kumble put in his papers citing his partnership with skipper Virat Kohli was "untenable" and that he believed it was best to move. What happens inside the dressing room is private and sacred to all of us.

"It's his opinion, which I respect". One thing for sure is that I've had 11 press conferences that have happened during the Champions Trophy. The BCCI has retained the rest of its coaching staff for the West Indies series, with MV Sridhar supervising the team's management.

Giving a sneak peak into what transpired during the meeting with the Cricket Advisory Committee, the official stated that Kohli told the CAC that he doesn't "trust" Kumble and that he had agreed to continue with the coach only if he is forced to stay.

Kumble was a direct entry into the coach selection process while the others who applied for the post were Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput among others.

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