Sunil Gavaskar’s take on the rift between Indian coach Kumble and Captain Virat Kohli

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Captain Virat Kohli and Head Coach Anil Kumble Image Courtesy: The Indian Express

After the ICC Championship trophy 2017 the tenure of Anil Kumble will come to an end. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already invited applications for the position.

Former Cricketer Sunil Gavaskar states that it’s very difficult for a coach and a captain to believe in same things in Cricketing matters. India begins their tournament of ICC Champions Trophy on June 4 against Pakistan.

Sunil Gavaskar said “You will never have a situation, where a captain and a coach will always be on the same page. It cannot happen because the coach is invariably somebody who has played in an earlier generation, so their attitude will always be slightly different.”

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Gavaskar who has played in 125 test matches thinks that a coach’s responsibility is too look out for the future of the cricket team which should last more than 10 years.

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“I don’t think this should be taken seriously, this kind of discussion is in fact healthy. Coach should be somebody who is good for Indian cricket. He should have a vision for Indian cricket which would carry Indian cricket forward for the next 8 to 10 years,” Gavaskar said.

When asked about the rumoured rift between Kohli and Kumble he said,  “I’m not sure whether these reports of a rift between Kumble and Kohli are true or not but the timing of this is certainly not right. We have got such a big game, which would decide how the Indian team would do in the tournament. Off days, when there is no cricket happening, are the ones Indian cricket team dreads the most, that is when such reports come out because there is no actual cricket to cover.”
“It is hard for me to say how it should be resolved. I hope better sense prevails because nobody is bigger than the game and I think Indian cricket has got to be No 1 priority. We can all differ on how that but as long as our heart beats for Indian cricket, I think we should encourage.”

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Anil Kumble who took the post of head coach after Former Cricketer Ravi Shastri. Statistics to be believed India has reached the top spot ICC Test ranking.

Sunil hailed praises for the former spinner “Kumble has done a very good job as coach. I am simply going by the results and when you go by the results of last year, you can say he has done nothing wrong.”

Gavaskar hopes that maybe the Cricket Advisory Committee will be able to solve the misunderstanding “Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman – these three are legends of the game – these three have played with Anil and they will get the respect and will be heard by both Virat and Anil. These three have nothing but the interest of Indian cricket at heart. In case there’s any truth in the matter, I think that should be the way forward.”