For the last fortnight, we have read reports of the Indian team being unhappy with their coach Anil Kumble. We also read that skipper Kohli had a huge disagreement with Kumble, and that their relationship is untenable. But speaking to the press ahead of India’s big match against Pakistan, Virat Kohli denies any rift with coach Anil Kumble.
Kohli spoke to the media ahead of India’s first match in the tournament, where he clarified that there are no issues between himself and the coach. He also said that there was no truth behind any rumors of dressing room unrest, and that is was all made up by the media.
This is what Kohli had to say,
“There have been a lot of speculations and things being written by people without actually being part of the change room, which is strange. There are no problems whatsoever. I don’t know why people are creating issues. The team is totally focused on Champions Trophy. I honestly don’t know about it and don’t even want to know. In a major tournament, people like to find rumors.”
“They are doing their job, trying to create a nice livelihood. We are focused on our livelihood which is on the field. Unless you are part of something, you should not sit at a distance and give judgments,” he said.
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While Kohli tried to settle this issue, most people believe that there are still some unsettled things lurking in the background. Eminent writer, Ramachandra Guha wrote an open letter in which he all but confirmed an issue in the dressing room.
“If indeed the captain and the head coach were not getting along, why was this not attended to as soon as the Australia series was over in late March?.
This issue needs to be cleared up as soon as possible, other wise the chances of India defending it’s Champions Trophy will reduce dramatically.