'Surprised' Kumble resigns as India coach

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Acknowledging the rift with captain Virat Kohli, legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble on Tuesday decided against continuing in his post as the head coach of the Indian cricket team.

Member of the Cricket Advisory Committee and former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Thursday said that stepping down from the post of Indian cricket team's head coach was Anil Kumble's personal decision. Back in the city after his television commentary stint in the Champions Trophy in England, Ganguly said "he (Anil Kumble) took the decision (to move on) at the very last moment". Asked whether the CAC members had sensed Kohli's opposition to Kumble's candidature previous year, Ganguly said: "There's no point discussing all that".

Anil Kumble, who captained India in 14 Test matches and took 619 wickets in 132 Test matches, was a surprising choice as team India head coach because Kumble had no formal training in coaching, apart from being mentor for couple of IPL teams.

In the interim, India's batting coach Sanjay Bangar is expected to guide the team during the ODI series in the West Indies, which begins on June 23. Virat also told Kumble that other cricketers of the team didn't want him to continue as the coach. The board has appointed MV Sridhar to oversee the affairs of the team during the West Indies tour. Kumble said that his partnership with Kohli was "untenable" hence it was necessary that he quit. A coach can not be a cheerleader and supporter of the captain and should not agree with whatever the captain says.

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One of the main reasons for Kumble stepping down as the coach was the bitter relationship with Kohli. He also respected Kumble's opinion but felt that certain matters are sacred, "One thing for sure is that I have had 11 press conferences that have happened during the Champions Trophy". These need to be valued for partnership to be effective. "Difference happens in any team but see at the results", he said.

In light of these "reservation", I believe it is best I hand over the responsibility to whomever the CAC and BCCI deem fit. I thank the CAC, BCCI, CoA and all concerned. "Indian cricket needs his continued contribution in various capacities and wishes him all the best in his future endeavour".

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