On Tuesday, Anil Kumble stepped down as the head coach of the Indian team and this disappointed many. As soon as Anil Kumble stepped down as Team India’s head coach, Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar lashed out at the Indian players, including captain Virat Kohli, over the alleged “differences”.
He said his ‘untenable’ relationship with captain Virat Kohli led to the decision. Sunil Gavaskar described the resignation of national cricket head coach Anil Kumble as a sad day for Indian cricket and patted him for doing a great job in his one-year stint.
We had seen media writing about dressing room controversies between Anil Kumble and Indian players, but the resignation has surely come as a surprise to many. After Kumble resigned as the Indian coach, things became clear as people came to know that Virat Kohli was responsible for this decision. After Kumble opened up about his side of the story, Sunil Gavaskar blasted at the players.
He urged Virat Kohli to clear his side as soon as possible. Gavaskar is disappointed; talking about Virat in an interview, he said, “My advice to Virat would be to make a statement and make things clear. Kumble also needs to clarify who in the BCCI informed him about Virat’s unhappiness about him. A statement from Kohli will help clear the air, saying this is what I feel and my issue with Kumble.”
“I have very little knowledge about the differences between Virat and Anil. But it is a really sad day for Indian cricket. India has won everything since the time Anil took over. I can’t see Anil doing much wrong in one year. Difference happen in any team but see the results,” Gavaskar said.
The incident would send a wrong signal to the next coach.
He blasted at the Indian players who feel that Anil is a hard taskmaster and said, “So you want softies. You want somebody to just tell you, ‘ok boys, don’t practice today because you guys are not feeling well, ok take a holiday, go shopping’. You want that kind of a person. If somebody is a hard taskmaster and he has got you results like Anil Kumble has got over the last one year. If any of the players are complaining, I feel those players are the ones who should be left out of the team.”
“India have won everything since the time Anil took over. I can’t see Anil doing much wrong in one year. Difference happen in any team but see the results. Anil must have had his reasons (of resigning). I would have thought Anil would carry on. Once the CAC expressed their confidence in him, Anil should have stuck around. Hope he will take it on the chin and comes back stronger. But it is the first time a known fighter like Anil did not stand up,” Gavaskar said.
Gavaskar concluded by saying, “Anil’s experience as a player and as an administrator needs to be utilized. CAC should be doing more for Indian cricket than just selecting the coach.” He said India will have to appoint a coach before the team goes to Sri Lanka. “It is for the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) to take a call on that,” said Gavaskar.
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