Hours after resigning as India coach, Anil Kumble has said he was “informed for the first time yesterday [Monday] by the BCCI that the captain had reservations with my style and about my continuing as head coach”. Also, some sources indicated that the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) was keen on keeping Anil Kumble as the coach but now new reports are suggesting that main reason behind the exit of Anil Kumble is the scolding of Indian bowlers after Champions Trophy final.
On 18th June, India played the final of Champions Trophy against their arch-rivals Pakistan. In that match performance of bowlers was pitiful. Jasprit Bumrah bowled a brilliant delivery which got the edge of Fakhar Zaman’s batsman and went to the keeper but that was a no ball. Fakhar capitalized his chance and turned it into a century. That was the turning point for India as Pakistan managed to score 338 runs and thrashed India by huge 180 runs.
According to reports Kumble was unhappy with the performance of bowlers and scolded them for their performance. The players, some of whom were already very distraught after the defeat, complained about Kumble’s “overbearing attitude” all over again to captain Virat Kohli. On Monday night, Kumble and Kohli met BCCI secretary Amitabh Chowdhury, CEO Rahul Johri and general manager (cricket operations) MV Sridhar. Whatever happened in that meeting resulted in Kumble’s resignation.
Communication between Kumble and captain Kohli had already broken down weeks before, and the two maintained a discreet distance during their month-long stay here in England for the Champions Trophy. But after some bowlers complained about him, it was almost inevitable to see him relinquish his position as the head coach.