Virat Kohli (left) and Anil Kumble fell off during the latter's tenure as the national coach    AFP
Virat Kohli (left) and Anil Kumble fell off during the latter’s tenure as the national coach AFP

The rift between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble paved the exit route for the latter as Team India’s bowling coach. Kumble was rewarded for his stupendous success as India’s coach for his year-long tenure. He was honoured with Coach of the Year award for 2017 by Sports Writers Association of Bangalore (SWAB). Despite the differences with the skipper, Kumble heaped praises on the current Indian side and remained confident of the team creating history in South Africa. India are yet to win a series in South Africa.

Confident Kumble

India, who first won a Test in South Africa in 2006-07 season, have lost 5 series in South Africa. The 2010-11 tour ended in draw.

“I’m confident that the team which we have will certainly go on to create history in South Africa and then beyond. That’s the confidence I have. I’m sure the team under Virat certainly has the capabilities to achieve that and continue all the good work they have been doing,” India Today quoted Kumble.

The Kumble-Kohli rift

During the 2017 Champions Trophy, reports emerged that Kohli and his players were not happy with Kumble’s behaviour and there was a total communication breakdown between the coach and captain. BCCI and its Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) or Committee of Administrators (CoA) could not diffuse the tensions.

Anil Kumble receives “Coach of the Year” award
Anil Kumble receives “Coach of the Year” award

Kumble spoke about the role of coachess in India at the event: “I think coaches in cricket don’t have too much to say or too much to do. But nonetheless this is an excellent recognition of all the good work that the team did over the past one year and they have continued with their winning ways. This wouldn’t have happened without the support group, all the support team that I had over the past year has been exceptional. So thanks to them, thanks to the members of the team.”

A few days after India’s loss in the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan, Kumble stepped down and tweeted the resignation letter:

Kumble was appointed the coach in June 2016 by CAC, which consist his former teammates Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. Kumble also has led India in 14 Tests.