Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli rift: Ultimately the captain has to lead on the field, says CoA chief Vinod Rai

first_imgThe Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) led by chief Vinod Rai on Saturday met Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Chief Executive Officer Rahul Johri and other top officials in Mumbai to discuss the spat between Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli.The marathon meeting continued for almost six hours with Kumble’s unceremonious exit being the topic of discussion. But CoA chief Vinod Rai preferred to lay the matter to rest.”One good thing about Indian media it does not look into houses and bedrooms so don’t get into dressing rooms. When two people are with each other 24/7 there will be difference of professional opinion,” he spoke reflecting on the rift between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble. Disputing reports that differences were personal, he said they were purely professional.”His contract was for one year. Kumble’s role has been impeccable and he has done very well. There were perception issues, professional issues. He decided fair enough,” he added.Rai went on to emphasize the captain has to ultimately lead on the field, indicating that while Kumble’s departure may have left a bad taste on everyone’s mouth, Kohli the captain for now will call the shots.”It’s the captain who has to play on the field ultimately. We will go for an equally good professional to ensure captain and coach should be in cohesion,” he said.Kumble stepped down as India coach on Tuesday after falling out with skipper Kohli.Kumble’s original contract expired with the team’s Champions Trophy campaign, but the former captain was tipped to get an extension after enjoying a successful run during his year in charge.advertisementLast year the BCCI formed the CAC, comprising former players Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, who chose Kumble for the job. The trio will also oversee the selection process of the new coach, who is expected to be named before India start their tour of Sri Lanka in July.India travel to Sri Lanka next month for a full-fledged tour from July 26 to September 6. The teams will play three Tests, five ODIs and a T20 International.Local media has reported that Kohli found Kumble’s brand of coaching a bit too assertive and their relationship was beyond repair.The BCCI invited applications for the role last month and Kumble had re-applied for the same.In the last one year, the former leg-spinner, also India’s most successful bowler, led the country to 12 victories in 17 tests with just one loss.He also guided India to one-day international series wins over New Zealand and England with losses coming only in a Twenty20 series against the West Indies and in last week’s Champions Trophy final, where they lost to Pakistan.Five men had been shortlisted for the next coach a few weeks back – Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus and Dodda Ganesh. The Cricket Advisory Committee had backed Kumble to continue but it emerged Sehwag was their next best option. However, it has been also been learnt that the players want former team director Ravi Shastri back at the helm. BCCI has extended the deadline to apply for the vacant post till July 9.WATCH SPORTS WRAP:last_img