“Kohli said the younger members of the team felt intimidated by the way Kumble worked” – Vinod Rai –


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Former Trustees Committee member Vinod Rai recently revealed some lesser-known details of the controversy involving former Indian head coach Anil Kumble and former captain Virat Kohli. Almost every member of the Indian cricketing universe would know how Kumble left the head coach position.

According to reports, Virat Kohli was not satisfied with the team management. Shortly afterwards, Ravi Shastri replaced Kumble as head coach and had a long tenure at the helm.

In his book ‘Not Just A Night Watchman: My Innings With BCCI’, published by Rupa, Vinod Rai wrote in detail what exactly happened. He recalled Virat Kohli informing him about Anil Kumble’s way of working and how it affected the youth of the team.

“In my conversations with the captain and team management, it emerged that Kumble was too disciplined and therefore the team members were not very happy with him. I had spoken to Virat Kohli about the matter and he did say that the younger members of the team felt intimidated by the way he worked with them,” Rai wrote.

According to Vinod Rai, Anil Kumble was unhappy with the way things were going

Continuing to write about that episode in Indian cricket, Vinod Rai mentioned that the Cricket Advisory Committee, which included Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, had lengthy discussions with both Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli.

While the CAC recommended Kumble’s reappointment as coach, Ravi Shastri eventually became the head coach. According to Rai, Kumble was unhappy that management placed so much importance on the captain.

Kumble felt mistreated because it is the coach’s job to bring discipline to the team. Rai explained to Kumble that the administrators had to follow the process as his contract was only one year and did not contain a renewal clause.


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