Virat Kohli was in no mood to share any details regarding his role in the sudden resignation of India cricket coach Anil Kumble, the captain instead preferring to focus on the respect he has for the country’s leading test wicket-taker.
Kumble, whose original contract expired at this month’s Champions Trophy, was widely expected to be handed a new deal to continue in the role after a highly successful year in charge but his tenure came to an abrupt end earlier this week.
The former captain had been due to join the team on their limited-overs tour of West Indies beginning on Friday but he quit on Tuesday after revealing a breakdown in his relationship with Kohli, who was said to resent his assertive coaching style.
Kumble said in a message that he was surprised when the Indian board told him of Kohli’s reservations concerning his ‘style’ and his plans to continue as head coach of the team.
Queried about the circumstances that led to Kumble’s exit, the India captain was predictably reticent, citing the sanctity of the dressing room for his silence on the issue.
Kumble’s exit has been perceived at home as a victory for player power, which will also send out the wrong signal to whoever succeeds the former spin bowler in the high-profile job.