However, the Indian captain said that what happened in the discharge room should remain private and did not disclose what had happened between them. Virat Kohli breaks the referral Kumble as coach, said he respects the decision
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli broke his silence two days after the former Anil Kumble coach resigned. He was said to have left Kumble because of a huge fault with the captain. Kohli, however, did not refer to speculation or say what had happened between him and Kumble.
“Obviously, Anil Bhai expressed his views and decided to leave and we will respect that decision,” Kohli said, according to The Indian Express. “We have created a culture in the last 3 to 4 years, that everything happens in the locker room, we tried to maintain the sanctity of the locker room.” He added that he respected Kumble as a cricket player and what he had done for the country. “It does not eliminate that aspect of it at all.”
Kohli spoke at a news conference ahead of the first international day against the West Indies on Friday.
After Kumble’s resignation, there was much speculation about the split reported between him and Kohli. The Indian Cricket Board of Control also requested a report on what had led to Kumble’s resignation. Kumble left immediately after India lost to Pakistan in the final of the Champions Trophy in England.
Kohli has been criticized for being the reason Kumble left. The Olympic gold medal shooter Abhinav Bindra had tweeted: “My best teacher was the coach Uwe hated him but stuck with him for 20 years He always told me that I did not want to hear … # Justsaying.”
This is what Kohli would do at the press conference on Thursday:
Do you think this situation could have been handled better?
Obviously, Anil Bhai expressed his views and decided to leave and we will respect that decision. This is something that happened just after the tournament. One thing is certain: he had 11 press conferences held during the Champions Trophy.
We have created a culture in the last 3 to 4 years, that everything that happens in the locker room, we tried to maintain the sanctity of the changing room everywhere. That’s what the whole team believes. It is important for us.
I always respected that and continued to maintain it as well. As I said, this is an opinion I respect. I have total respect for him as a cricket player and his achievements as a nation. All the years he played. This does not take this away from you. And we are totally respectful.
Following this, he addressed the team’s performance or how he came to a game?
As I said, for me, the most important thing is to keep the sanctity of the changing rooms and what happens in the wardrobe is something very sacred and private to us all. And something I was not going to talk about in detail on a public stage. As I said, your perspective is there and we respect that decision.