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Vinod Rai reveals the rift between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble

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Vinod Rai reveals the rift between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble
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The rift between Former Indian captain Virat Kohli and former Head coach Anil Kumble is one of the most talked chapters in the Indian cricket history. Team India was performing well under the captaincy of Virat Kohli and head Coach Anil Kumble. But Kumble shocked everyone with his resignation as the head coach of Team India just after one year of his appointment. 

Anil Kumble who was the star player of Team India in his era, had been appointed as a head coach of Team India in 2016. He decided to step down from the position after 2017 Champions trophy where India lost the final against Pakistan.

Shedding light on the episode, Vinod Rai, Former Comptroller and Auditor General, who also served as the head of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) that ran Indian cricket for nearly three years since 2017, said Kohli had reservations with Kumble’s “disciplinarian” way of handling things.

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Rift between Virat kohli and Anil Kumble:

According to the Indian Express, Vinod Rai wrote in his book, Not just a Night Watchman- My innings in the BCCI, “In my conversations with the captain and team management, it was conveyed that Kumble was too much of a disciplinarian and hence the team members were not too happy with him.

“I had spoken to Virat Kohli on the issue. And he did mention that the younger members of the team felt intimidated by the way he worked with them,” Rai added.

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Rai wrote that the legendary leg-spinner was “upset about the manner in which the entire episode was handled.

“We had long conversations with Kumble after he had returned from the UK. He was obviously upset about the manner in which the entire episode had panned out. He felt he had been unfairly treated and a captain or team should not be given so much importance. It was the duty of the coach to bring discipline and professionalism into the team. And as a senior, his views should have been respected by the players,” Rai wrote.

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