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Timing of Kohli-Kumble Rift Reports Not Right, Says Sunil Gavaskar

Gavaskar said it is impossible for a captain and coach to always be on the same page.

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Sunil Gavaskar said the timing of the Kumble-Kohli rift reports was not right. (Photo: Reuters)

Reacting to the alleged rift between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar said on Wednesday that while he had no confirmation of the spat, the timing of the news was wrong.

I’m not sure whether these reports of a rift between Kumble and Kohli are true or not but the timing of this is certainly not right. We have got such a big game, which would decide how the Indian team would do in the tournament.
Gavaskar at the Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket 2017

India kick off their Champions Trophy title defense campaign with the match against Pakistan on 4 June, amid reports of the skipper leading a silent campaign to have the current coach shunted out of the Indian dressing room.

Gavaskar said that reports like these emerge when there isn’t any cricket to cover.

Off days, when there is no cricket happening, are the ones Indian cricket team dreads the most, that is when such reports come out because there is no actual cricket to cover.
Reports of a rift between skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble have surfaced. (Photo: IANS)
Reports of a rift between skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble have surfaced. (Photo: IANS)

Gavaskar said it is impossible for a captain and coach to always be on the same page but said the reports of the alleged Kumble-Kohli spat “should not be taken seriously”.

You will never have a situation where a captain and a coach will always be on the same page. It cannot happen because the coach is invariably somebody who has played in an earlier generation, so their attitude will always be slightly different.

“I don’t think this should be taken seriously, this kind of discussion is in fact healthy. Coach should be somebody who is good for Indian cricket. He should have a vision for Indian cricket which would carry Indian cricket forward for the next 8 to 10 years,” he said.

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However, when asked about how a situation like this should be handled, the veteran said:

It is hard for me to say how it should be resolved. I hope better sense prevails because nobody is bigger than the game and I think Indian cricket has got to be No 1 priority.

Gavaskar was all praise for Kumble's track record as a coach.

Kumble has done a very good job as coach. I am simply going by the results and when you go by the results of last year, you can say he has done nothing wrong.
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The Cricket Advisory Committee included Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. (Photo: Reuters)
The Cricket Advisory Committee included Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. (Photo: Reuters)

Gavaskar said he hopes the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman would be able to speak to the skipper and coach.

Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman – these three are legends of the game. These three have played with Anil and they will get the respect and will be heard by both Virat and Anil. These three have nothing but the interest of Indian cricket at heart. In case there’s any truth in the matter, I think that should be the way forward.

On India’s performance in the upcoming Champions Trophy, Gavaskar said “I think India's bowling is slightly better than batting” .

Also Read: Harbhajan Speaks Out in Support of Kumble In Kohli-Coach Row

(With inputs from PTI)

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