Anil Kumble (l) was replaced by Ravi Shastri as India coach (Courtesy: Getty Images)
Anil Kumble (l) was replaced by Ravi Shastri as India coach (Courtesy: Getty Images)

2017 was rocked by one of the biggest controversies to hit Indian  cricket. The news of a rift between India skipper Virat Kohli and the then head coach, Anil Kumble, surfaced weeks before the all important Champions Trophy. Kumble, post the tournament, stepped-down from the position, and former Director of Cricket, Ravi Shastri was handed over the reins of the Kohli-led Indian outfit.

Former Committee of Administrators member, Ramchandra Guha has opened up about the whole captain-coach fiasco. Writing in his column for ESPNcricinfo, Guha has raised questions about Shastri’s coaching credentials over Kumble. Guha wrote, “But why was he replaced by someone so strikingly inferior, in character and cricketing achievement, to the team’s captain? A person with no coaching experience besides? Only because, like the BCCI, the chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators surrendered his liberties and his independence when confronted by the force of Kohli’s personality.”

Guha also wrote about BCCI bowing to Kohli’s demands and the article spoke about how Kohl’s arrogance is affecting Indian cricket. It might also be noted that Shastri’s reins as head coach happened when India reached ‘numero uno’ spot in Tests under Kumble. India currently are facing questions over team selection issues in the ongoing South Africa tour.

Guha, a historian by profession, has always lashed out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for their lack of transparency and administrative ethos.