India favourites against Windies despite Kohli-Kumble rift

Erica Murray
June 24, 2017

After Anil Kumble stepped down as coach of Team India, the BCCI has been on the lookout for replacement.

But rather than engage in a public slanging match with an ex-India captain, Kohli was coy on the rift, saying: "Anil has expressed his views, he has taken a decision to step out and we all respect that decision".

The legendary leg-spinner's one-year term was supposed to end after the Champions Trophy, but was extended by the BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) until the end of the ongoing tour of the West Indies. "From what I know, Kumble is very a strong individual with a very good work ethic, so is Virat".

The coach and the captain had major fallout since the beginning of this year and the situation worsened after India's humiliating defeat in the Champions Trophy at the hands of Pakistan.

The rumors said that Virat Kohli was not happy with the coaching style of Kumble. Such stalwarts of Indian cricket as Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman selected Kumble and even gave him an extension.

Kohli, now leading India's West Indies tour, said on Thursday that dressing room matters should be "sacred and private".

The race was supposed to be between these candidates but after Kumble declined to take a two-week extension and ruled himself out of the running, the BCCI has made a decision to call for more applications. "We all respect that decision", the Indian skipper told ANI.

Coach of the Arjuna Ranatunga-led World Cup winning Sri Lankan cricket team, Whatmore has handled global sides like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in his more than two-decade-old coaching career.

With Rohit Sharma also cooling his heels for this series, Kohli may be tempted to bring back Ajinkya Rahane at the top of the order.

"We have created a culture over the last three, four years that whatever happens in the changing room, we've tried to maintain the sanctity of the changing room throughout", he said.

This is the first bilateral series between the two teams since the West Indies abandoned the scheduled full tour of India after the fourth ODI in Dharamsala in October, 2014 due to a dispute with their own players' association in which the West Indies Cricket Board declined to intervene.

And he was being considered the front-runner for an extension till the 2019 World Cup, with Team India having won nearly every series under him in the past one year.

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