first_imgFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar empathised with Anil Kumble, who resigned as India coach following differences with Virat Kohli.Exactly a week back, Kumble put in his papers after a successful year at the helm, having overseen Test series victories over West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. However, reports of a rift with the Indian captain emerged before the start of the Champions Trophy in England and it began to look increasingly unlikely that Kumble would actually stay on even after the cricket advisory committee (CAC), which had appointed him in 2016, backed him to continue. (Also read: Ravi Shastri joins Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody in race for India’s next coach)Last Tuesday, after the resignation, Kumble put out a statement where he noted the Indian cricket board had told that Kohli was not happy with his style of coaching. Things took an ugly turn when Kohli next deleted a tweet to welcome Kumble a year ago. (Also read: Virat Kohli being unreasonably targeted after Anil Kumble’s resignation, feels Anurag Thakur)In a press conference in the West Indies, Kohli said he had immense respect for ‘Anil bhai’ for his cricketing achievements but reiterated that maintaining dressing room sanctity was a priority for him and his team. (Also read: Anil Kumble’s resgination as coach was no great surprise: Ian Chappell)Plenty of opinions flew thick and fast after a turbulent week in Indian cricket but Gavaskar has perhaps been as forthrtight and blunt as any other former cricket. In his column for Sportstar, he said it was said to see Kumble exit the way he had to.advertisement”What happened to Anil Kumble was sad, very sad indeed. The Indian cricket legend was humiliated to say the least. No top player will want to throw his hat in the ring after what happened to Kumble. It is clear that the Indian players want people who sit back and do nothing rather than go-getters who get results.”India Today also learnt former team director Ravi Shastri decided to apply for the coach’s post to fill the void left by Kumble’s absence. Shastri shares a great rapport with Kohli and the rest of the team and it could tilt the scales in his favour as the CAC looks to appoint a replacement soon.Gavaskar also pondered over whether what the team really needed was a coach or an elder brother who the players could confide in properly. Shastri, it seems then, could fit the bill perfectly.  “….. it is time to leave the past behind and look at the future. Indian cricket is in the cusp of greatness, with a captain who is going to be recognised as one of the best batsmen seen in the game and a team brimming with talent. Frankly, with such talent available, the team doesn’t need a coach.”It needs someone who can be like the elder brother who the players can relate to and confide in about their problems and be certain that these will be confidential and addressed sooner than later. The players need a manager who will keep them in check if things get out of hand, especially on overseas tours, and rein them in so that they are always in a position to perform to their best every single day they don the India colours,” wrote Gavaskar.last_img

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