Anil Kumble coached Team India for a year and his tenure expired after ICC Champions Trophy 2017 © Getty Images
Anil Kumble coached Team India for a year and his tenure expired after ICC Champions Trophy 2017 © Getty Images

From being head coach, Anil Kumble is now the former coach of Indian Cricket Team, after stepping down from the position on Tuesday following differences with captain Virat Kohli. Kumble was appointed in this role on June 24, 2016. It seems like Kumble completed the circle by starting his coaching tenure with West Indies tour and ending it just before another Caribbean tour. Under his tenure as coach, Indian cricket witnessed immense success, especially in Tests, which started with a four-match series against West Indies.

The series ended in India’s favour by a margin of 2-0. However, India lost the T20I series by 0-1 against the current World T20 champions. Further, India continued to deliver good show under Kumble by whitewashing New Zealand in Tests at home by 3-0 and then crushing them in ODIs as well by 3-2.

Team India kept on performing well and reclaimed Pataudi Trophy by winning the 5-Test series against England by 4-0 margin. England had beaten India last time when they toured here in 2012. The winning streak continued in Tests as India beat Bangladesh at home, which was also the first-ever Test match played by Bangladesh in India. After this win, India had recorded 19 consecutive Tests without defeat, the best for India and 4th-best overall.

The series of wins continued in limited-overs format as well, with India beating England in 3-ODI series by 2-1 and the same result came in T20I series as well. Now, the long Test season was going to end with the final series against Australia. However, India started disappointingly by losing to Australia in the 1st Test but then bounced back and claimed the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2016-17 with 2-1 series win. This series also saw Kohli resting in the final Test and Ajinkya Rahane filling in the captain’s shoes.

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With the end of Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2016-17, stories of rift between Kumble and Kohli had started surfacing. And despite all those news, India continued with Kumble in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, where they lost to Pakistan in the final.