"It's something that happened right after the tournament. We all respect that decision", Kohli, 28, told reporters in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on the eve of the first one-day global against West Indies. In a veiled dig at the former coach, Kohli chose his own way to give a parting shot and spoke about the importance of maintaining the sanctity of the dressing room. "Anil Bhai has expressed his views and he has taken a decision to step out and we all respect that decision". These things got intensified as India lost the finals of Champions Trophy to the arch rivals Pakistan.
Kohli has been heavily criticised for his behaviour against a legend like Anil Kumble.
Kumble said in a message that he was surprised when the Indian board told him of Kohli's reservations concerning his "style" and his plans to continue as head coach of the team.
Furthering his argument, he also said that the team can simply hire a fitness trainer instead of full-fledged mentors if the captain has such strong monopoly.
We hope that BCCI's decision will be in the interest of the Indian cricket team.
Team India head coach aspirant Lalchand Rajput has hit out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), calling its decision to invite fresh applications for the post left vacated by Anil Kumble "highly unprofessional". At the same time the new coach should learn from the Kumble episode while not being puttee in the hands of the captain. I have total respect for him as a cricketer and what he's achieved for the nation. The coach may have differences of opinion with some members of the team but there should be implicit trust between the captain and the coach for great performances on the field.
This video has been released a day after skipper Virat Kohli broke his silence while addressing a press conference ahead of the first ODI against West Indies on June 23. The man who has taken Afghanistan cricket to great heights as coach over the previous year, feels that the BCCI should not only try to be professional, but should also treat the candidates who have applied with more respect. India and the West Indies last played an ODI in Perth at the World Cup in 2015 and India won that game easily.