Anil Kumble steps down from India coach role

Anil Kumble's (left) relationship with Virat Kohli has been a strained one
Anil Kumble's (left) relationship with Virat Kohli has been a strained one
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that former captain Anil Kumble has resigned from his position of national coach after differences with skipper Virat Kohli.

The former leg-spinner took over the role in June 2016 and had stupendous success with the team registering Test series wins over West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. India also claimed One-Day International series wins over the Black Caps and Eoin Morgan's men during that phase.

The men in blue went all the way to the final of the Champions Trophy campaign before losing the final to Pakistan by 180 runs which was originally Kumble's last assignment according to the contract signed.

With limited overs series against West Indies, hardly a week away, it was expected that Kumble might be given an extension but instead the board had decided to communicate to the 46-year-old about the reservations from Kohli on him continuing in the role.

"Post this intimation, 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 a statement.

"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 apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on."

BCCI also confirmed that Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising former players Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman had endorsed for an extension in Kumble's tenure which was declined by the former leg-spinner.

"Professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and diverse views are the key traits I bring to the table. These need to be valued for the partnership to be effective. I see the Coach's role akin to 'holding a mirror' to drive self-improvement in the team's interest," added Kumble in the statement.

"In light of these 'reservations', I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and BCCI deem fit."

Acting BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary lauded the contribution of Kumble during his tenure as coach.

"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, said Choudhary.

"Indian cricket needs his continued contribution in various capacities and wishes him all the best in his future endeavour."

Former India batsman Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh and Lalchand Rajput are in contention to replace Kumble and will be appointed following their interview with CAC.

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