Five-time Olympian and Champion shooter Abhinav Bindra took to Twitter to give his opinion about the controversy involving Indian cricket coach Anil Kumble and captain Virat Kohli.
Even though he did not name the two people involved, he tweeted, “My biggest teachers was coach Uwe.I hated him!But stuck with him for 20 years. He always told me things I did not want to hear.#justsaying.”
My biggest teachers was coach Uwe.I hated him!But stuck with him for 20 years.He always told me things I did not want to hear.#justsaying
— Abhinav A. Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) June 20, 2017
Under coach Kumble”s year in charge of the cricket team, India climbed to number one in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings after an amazing home season with 12 victories and one loss in 17 tests. Kumble also led India to one-day international series wins against New Zealand and England with the only major loss coming against the West Indies in a Twenty20 series.His final loss came in last week”s Champions Trophy final.
Kumble’s contract had ended after the Champions Trophy but he was given an option to extend his stint for at least one more series and in fact, even the Cricket Advisory Committee was ready to give him a lengthy extension. However, upon knowing that the skipper was not happy with his man management he stepped down.
He tweeted after stepping down,”I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my style and about my continuing as the Head Coach. I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between Captain and Coach.”Though BCCI attempted to resolve misunderstandings between the captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I, therefore, believe it is best for me to move on.”
Kohli has been targetted from all corners for playing a big part in Kumble’s stepping down and India’s only individual gold medalist has also joined the team. Bindra was soon joined by ace shuttler Jwala Gutta who too echoed the shooter’s sentiments.
MV Sridhar is to travel to the west indies to supervise while batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar will continue in their respective roles.Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag, Australian Tom Moody, Englishman Richard Pybus, former Indian fast bowler Dodda Ganesh and former India A coach Lalchand Rajput are the candidates for the vacant India job.
– by Saika Mazumdar