Anil Kumble was the Indian coach till June 2017    Getty Images
Anil Kumble was the Indian coach till June 2017 Getty Images

Virat Kohli’s reservations did not come in the way for Anil Kumble as he was presented with the “Coach of the Year” award at the Annual Sports Writers’ Association of Bangalore (SWAB) awards at Taj Vivanta in Bengaluru. Kumble received the award from Indian women’s hockey team coach Harendra Singh. Under Kumble, India won five successive Test series between July 2016 and March 2017.

Sports Cafe quoted Kumble showering praises on the journalists, Congratulations to all the winners. SWAB has continued to recognize and encourage talent here in Karnataka. Without their support I was one of the award winners very early in my cricketing career, and that certainly helped me to move onwards. Also, the recognition that you receive from sports writers because they see you grow from an early age I remember journalists who are sitting here, watching me from my school cricket right up to retirement and also the other roles I have taken up after that. It s wonderful what SWAB has been doing and I hope you continue to do that.

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The other thing I ve been proud of, which the majority of sports writers who are all sitting here do, is that in this day and age when the narratives are generally through hearsay, sources and sometimes speculation they still do a job without fear or favour. And they do a fantastic job on that. Congratulations to all of you.

List of award-winners:

Best sportsperson of the year (Male): Sunil Chhetri

Best sportsperson of the year (female): Aditi Ashok

Team of the year: Bengaluru FC

Coach of the year: Anil Kumble

Lifetime Achievement Award: MP Ganesh

Best junior sportsperson of the year (male): Arjun Maini

Best junior sportsperson of the year (female): Damini Gowda

Association of the year: Karnataka Badminton Association

Behind the scenes award: K Sriram

Kumble was the coach of the Indian cricket team till June 2017. He resigned from the post after he fell off with captain Kohli. He cited “captain’s reservation” about his style of coaching as a reason in his resignation letter.