The resignation of Anil Kumble as coach of India surprised the cricket fraternity of India and took the BCCI by surprise.
Reports of a distancing between coach and captain Virat Kohli had appeared before the Champions Trophy but still hope that Kumble would continue because the advisory committee had appointed last year for a period of one year was eager to see it continue.
Therefore, it was decided that Kumble would be visiting the Caribbean for a limited short trip with the team. This could have given men time and space to resolve their differences. More importantly, the advisory committee of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman could have used the time to negotiate peace.
However, the first signs of the shocking resignation came on Tuesday, when Kumble did not fly to England with the players. The BCCI said the coach had to withdraw from a meeting of the ICC Cricket Committee in London. A few hours later, the resignation came.
Now, what really led Kumble to this point? Kohli rejected the new differences with his trainer as mere rumors. But Kumble said why she was leaving. In a typical effective statement, the former spun leg said its reason for drastic. Kohli said he reserved his style and continued as a coach.
What was the Kumble style? In his own words, “professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and different points of view.” Despite the strong support of three former illustrious cricketers, Kumble felt he could not win when the captain was against him. Not just the captain, most of the changing rooms wanted him to come. The players apparently need to return Ravi Shastri, as they considered it kinder and easier.
Indian cricket has risen to a total disaster in recent weeks. There was a palpable tension in the locker room and the communication between the coach and the captain had broken down. And BCCI has not helped.
Kohli met with the Advisory Committee on the eve of the Champions Trophy final to discuss the trainer’s problem while awaiting the funniest question of dealing with a resurgence of Pakistan.
By allowing Kumble to go, the board of India has played in the hands of Kohli. What is the guarantee that Kohli would cry without more if he did not see the next coach.
The former coach of India and World Cup winner Madan Lal suggested that India needs a coach who would be content to remain calm. But are people like Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody enough? If they do not, said Lal, they would face the same fate.
Kumble’s balance as a coach is phenomenal, but he had to give up just because the captain had a tantrum. “The intimidation, the billing and the masterful head”, apparently, were the words thrown by the captain.
But if the team does not work, is not the coach just shouting at his players and berating? Is not supposed to ensure that players give 100 percent in training.
Kumble was a fighter at his peak. He returned to the West Indies bowl with a jaw fracture. He did not give an inch required, but clearly he was not ready for the little fight with his captain.
Kohli today is probably India’s most powerful cricket man and has dominated the powerful Ganguly –
The Tendulkar and Kumble association had no choice but to end the distressing drama.