Anil Kumble has been the chief mentor of Mumbai Indians since 2013 ©Getty Images
Anil Kumble has been the chief mentor of Mumbai Indians since 2013 ©Getty Images

Former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble was reported to have resigned from the post of chief mentor of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Mumbai Indians, but according to Mumbai Mirror, he has denied doing so. According to PTI, Kumble had stepped down from the post of Mumbai Indians’ chief mentor because he wanted to concentrate on the commentary assignments that he has been busy with. Kumble has been a part of the commentary team of the official broadcaster, Star Sports, for the ongoing Gandhi-Mandela Series for Freedom Trophy 2015, and is also likely to carry on his commentary stint in the IPL. But the contradicting report in the Mumbai-based daily has put question mark over the current status of the former Indian captain. READ: Anil Kumble quits as Mumbai Indians chief mentor

If the news paper is to be believed, Kumble has denied that he has stepped down from the role and is still working as the chief mentor of the two-time Indian Premier League (IPL) winners. Mumbai Mirror, in a report published on Friday wrote, “The former India captain denied reports that he quit owing to being in a conflicted position.” This piece of information is indeed contradicting with what the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

PTI had earlier reported that the former Indian captain was no longer a part of the IPL franchise, as he wanted to continue with his new career option as commentator. The report had Mumbai Indians quoted as saying, “Mumbai Indians is grateful to Anil Kumble, India’s highest wicket-taker in both Tests and one days for his contribution in strengthening the Mumbai Indians Franchisee. In his first year as the mentor, Mumbai Indians won the IPL and the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) in 2013. Mumbai Indians won the IPL once again in 2015.” READ: Virender Sehwag regrets not scoring 400 in Test cricket

Interestingly, the PTI report quoted Kumble as saying, “I sign off with the obvious satisfaction of moulding a set of brilliant individuals to a high performing unit. Over the three years, Mumbai Indians met unprecedented success winning the IPL twice and the Champions League once. Winning both trophies in the same year [2013] being our crowning glory. As I move on to pursue other interests around cricket, I shall be amiss if I do not express my deep sense of appreciation to the Ambani family, particularly Nita Ambani, Akash Ambani and Nikhil Meswani for their unstinted support and empowerment. The players and my support team [coaching and non- coaching staff] have been an admirable bunch and were a joy to work with. Finally, I thank the MI fans for their constant support.”