Quitting as India coach was Anil Kumble’s personal decision: CAC member Sourav Ganguly to India Today
Former India captain and currently member of the cricket advisory committee Sourav Ganguly said he was aware of whatever has transpired as far as the Virat Kohli – Anil Kumble fiasco but added it would not be fair for him to comment in public.WATCH FULL VIDEOGanguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman are part of the CAC which had appointed Kumble India coach in 2016 for a one-year term. Despite a terrific track record, Kumble stepped down after India finished runners-up in the Champions Trophy following a rift with Kohli. (Virat Kohli reacts to Anil Kumble resignation: Respect his decision to step down )Kumble, it was said, was overbearing, headmasterly and intimidating. This did not go down well with the players. And then the coach shouted at the team after their defeat against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final. That reportedly ended all hopes of reconciliation. (COA chief Vinod Rai needs to play an active role, CAC member Sourav Ganguly tells India Today)Ganguly, speaking exclusively to India Today, said he had high regard for both Kumble and Kohli but understandably did not want to dwell further on the issue in public.”Quitting as coach was Kumble’s personal decision. I have spoken to both Virat and Anil. I am aware of everything but it would not be fair for me to say anything in public because I am part of the CAC,” Ganguly told India Today.”This is all confidential information and I don’t like talking about it in the media. What the country thinks, we have been reading about it in the media,” said Ganguly.advertisementGanguly, one of India’s most successful captains did not rate Kumble the coach individually because cricket, he said, was a team sport. (Things must have gone out of hand badly for Anil Kumble to resign: Mohammad Azharuddin to India Today)”It’s the team which is rated, which includes the coach and captain. Cricket is a team sport. You win it or lose it together. Under Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble, the team had done well. It is difficult for me to say anything because I am not part of the dressing room,” he said.Kumble stepped down from his post despite the firm backing of Ganguly, Tendulkar and Laxman. After putting in his papers, Kumble issued a statement to say he had resigned because Kohli did not approve of his style of coaching.”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 the BCCI attempted to resolve the 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,” Kumble wrote on Tuesday in a statement.Kohli, who is currently in the West Indies for India’s short limited-overs tour, on Thursday, deleted a tweet he had put out in June 2016, welcoming Kumble as coach.