Deleted tweet fans Kohli-Kumble flames

Tricia Pearson
June 24, 2017

He was once again the favourite from the six-man shortlist and the CAC endorsed his name to the BCCI subject to the widening rift between Kumble and Indian captain Virat Kohli being resolved.

"His resignation is something that has happened right after the Champions Trophy. We all respect that decision", Kohli, 28, told reporters in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on the eve of the first one-day worldwide against West Indies.

The 28-year-old did not offer anything more on the issue, saying the "sanctity of the dressing room" had to be maintained. "As I said, his (Kumble) point of view is out there and we respect that decision", he added.

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. By afternoon, it had emerged that Kohli had deleted the tweet in which he had welcomed Kumble on June 23 previous year. "And we all respect him totally". Kohli is undoubtedly a very good player but I do not know whether he is a good captain or not.

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Whatmore finds a lot of similar attributes in both Kohli and Kumble as both are not known to take a backward step. In the past as well, we have did not have a coach, rather a director was appointed to watch over the team. "We all respect that decision", the Indian skipper told ANI.

Kumble said that although the BCCI had, several times, attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between him and the captain, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and therefore, he had chose to move on.

Kohli had played down reports of discord during the eight-team global tournament but Kumble's statement earlier this week meant all eyes were on the skipper as he spoke at his media conference ahead of the ODI series against West Indies. He went on to talk about how he would never break the sanctity of the changing room and said, "What happens in change room is something sacred & private to all of us, something that I wouldn't express in detail in public". It was during Dhoni's tenure that India won the 2011 World Cup once again and created a history in global cricket. "In fact, the selectors should have tried out more youngsters for this West Indies tour, as they are one of the weakest teams at the moment".

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