Former India Cricket Coach Anil Kumble unexpected exit last year was given a fresh turning point on Wednesday as a leaked email suggested captain Virat Kohli had frequently worked behind the scenes against him. Ail Kumble quit over a rift with Kohli in June 2017, saying his relationship with the skipper was “ untenable”.
The Board of Control For Cricket In India has denied any division in the Indian Camp. But in a leaked email seen by AFP, a senior BCCI official wrote to board administrator Vinod Rai that Kohli “frequently sent SMS to the CEO on which you acted and there was a change in the coach”
Senior administrator Diana Edulji added “ Mr. Kumble a legend in his own right was subjected to loss of face and mad to look like a villain. He was gracious enough to move on for which I respected him. There also, rules were broken and I had raised objections back then”
It has been said that Edulji email originated from a separate controversy in the women national team, where former coach Ramesh Power fell out with one-day captain Mithali Raj.
Hence, In Men’s national tea, coach, Kumble helped India reclaim the number-one test ranking and maintained an unblemished record in five test series. But he resigned after his one year term ended with a humiliating defeat to Pakistan in the 50 over Champions Trophy in June 2017, prompting a fallout with Kohli who reportedly did not like the coach training techniques.
He soon replaced by Ravi Shastri. Shastri was always the frontrunner for the job with pundits pointing to his time as India’ s team director from 2014-16 and warm relationship with Kohli.