Indian coach Anil Kumble has stepped down from his post following India’s defeat in the hands of Pakistan in Champions Trophy Final.
There were reports of rift being created between Kumble and captain Virat Kohli during the Champions Trophy. It is believed this rift has led to his resignation from the post of head coach.
After the 2015 World Cup when Duncan Fletcher’s contract came to an end, BCCI put the process of appointing a head coach on hold for an year. Team director Ravi Shastri took over the reins of the side for one year. Kumble was appointed as head coach of India in June 2016 giving him one year contract.
During his tenure as a coach, team India enjoyed one of its most successful cricket season. India won the series in Caribbean 2-0 in July-August 2016. The series win in Caribbean was followed up by a glorious grand home season where India won 10 out of 13 tests and both the ODI series against New Zealand and England as well as the T20I series against England. India lost only one bilateral series under his tenure (T20 series vs WI in USA) and were eluded of CT 2017 title.
Today was the last day of Anil Kumble's contract and he does not want to continue further as Indian team's coach.
— ANI (@ANI) June 20, 2017
The relations between Kohli and Kumble ruptured during the India VS Australia test series in March 2017 when Kumble wanted Kuldeep Yadav to feature in playing XI but Virat refused. Since then their were reports about rift between them so much that their relations have been torn beyond repair.
BCCI started the process of appointing new coach in May 2017 by inviting applications from interested candidates. Anil Kumble’s name was automatically roped in. Others who threw their hat in the ring were Sehwag, Moody, Richard Pybus, Rajput, Dodda Ganesh. The new coach was supposed to be picked by the CAC which comprises of Indian legends Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly. CAC were very keen on renewing Kumble’s contract.
The new coach was supposed to be picked on 26 June in a meeting allowing Kumble to continue coaching Indian team in Caribbean. However Kumble has stepped down with immediate effect which means India will have no coach on their Caribbean tour.
– by Atharva Apte