India’s legend and men’s team coach Anil Kumble has stepped down from his role after the working relationship with captain Virat Kohli became ‘untenable’. It is learnt that Kumble, whose contract expired on Sunday (June 18) at the end of India’s Champions Trophy campaign and had already reapplied for the job last week, didn’t accept a contract extension offered by the BCCI after he came to know about reservations Kohli had with his method as head coach.
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirms that Mr Anil Kumble has withdrawn his services as the post of the Head Coach for the Senior India Men’s team,” the BCCI said in a statement Tuesday night.
“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.”
Under Kumble, India had a phenomenal run; they have won 12 out of 17 Tests to become the No.1 ranked Test side in the world, and registered two ODI series wins — against New Zealand and England.
“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.” the BCCI official added.
Earlier, Kohli and his teammates had expressed their discomfort with Kumble’s “intimidating” style, which is believed to be a reason for his decision to drop out of the race for India coach. The BCCI opened applications for the head coach’s role on May 25.
India’s all time highest wicket-taker in Tests took to Twitter to address the issue amidst speculations, confirming that his largely successful tenure is over and that it’s time for him to “move on”.
“I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the captain had reservations with my ‘style’ and about my continuing as the head coach,” Kumble said in the social media post.
“I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between captain and coach.
“Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the captain and me, it was apprarent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on.”
Thank you! pic.twitter.com/eF5qVzdBRj
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) June 20, 2017
India is scheduled to play five-match One-Day International (ODI) series against West Indies, starting Friday (June 23).