04 March, 2021

Neither One To Blink First

Is the Kohli-Kumble tussle real or a facade to dump the coach’s proposal for better pay?

In Shades
Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble at a training camp in Bangalore
Photograph by AP
Neither One To Blink First

A ny event in Indian cricket, however routine, always has all the makings of a nail-biting game. It comes with a dose of drama, mystery, innuendo, allegations by anonymous people.... So is the impending appointment of chief coach of Team India. The BCCI recently advertised for the post and gave current coach Anil Kumble a dir­ect entry into the candidates’ pool.

However, just a few days before the interviews for the coach’s post were to be conducted, on June 5 and 6, a new crisis broke out—an apparent tussle bet­ween captain Virat Kohli and Kumble over issues that are yet to be outlined by either party. But sources confirmed to Outlook that there indeed is a face-off between the two and that the advertisement was put out only after the issues were brought to the notice of the all-powerful Committee of Administrators (CoA) as late as May 21—perhaps to find a middle path in resolving the crisis.

Soon after a search for a new coach was launched, stories starting appearing in the media that the Board was ‘unhappy’...

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