Life goes on for Virat Kohli after Anil Kumble’s controversial exit

first_imgNormal business has resumed for Indian cricket after a tumultuous period. Shortly before the Champions Trophy got underway in England, murmurs of a rift between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble first appeared in the media. In the subsequent days and weeks, what unfolded was a messy sequence of events.There had been a total breakdown of communication between Kohli and Kumble. The players were far from happy with the coach’s headmasterly behaviour and there was absolutely no way the Cricket Advisory Committee, Committee of Administrators or the BCCI could have salvaged the situation. After what seemed like an eternity, Kumble stepped down as coach following a Champions Trophy final defeat to Pakistan. (Team India living it up in Sri Lanka: Pool splashes and fun dinners)About three weeks later, after much conjecture, Ravi Shastri, the former team director and the man who was overlooked at Kumble’s expense, was brought back to the fold. And life was all smiles and roses again.India returned from the West Indies and set sail for Sri Lanka, Shastri’s first appointment as the new coach. And in scenic Galle, the venue of India’s first Test against the hosts, Shastri made an immediate impact.AP PhotoAccording to reports, the coach wanted his wards to remember why they started playing cricket for the first time, forget everything else and just enjoy the game. The batsmen were encouraged to reach the ground well before game-time to warm themselves up.Shikhar Dhawan reaped the rewards, making 190 while Abhinav Mukund made his best in Tests in the second dig as India destroyed Sri Lanka by 304 runs. Besides, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli helped themselves to centuries too and Hardik Pandya smashed an aggressive fifty on debut. advertisementKumble’s exit had left the cricket community in India shocked. He had done remarkably well as coach and an extension till the 2019 World Cup was taken for granted. Yet, despite the success, he could not hit the strike the notes with his captain and the rest of the team. Shastri has a different method. He believes in motivating the players, superstars in this country.Hardik Pandya Twitter PhotoIncidentally, Kohli’s record-breaking run in Test cricket (double hundreds in four successive series) came with Kumble in the dressing-room. But an ordinary series against Australia ensued, when it is understood the differences between the two were at their peak. However, Kohli came back strongly in the Champions Trophy, made a fine hundred against West Indies and tuned up for the Sri Lanka tour with a glorious, unbeaten 103 in the Galle Test. Two years ago, that was where Kohli and his men started their ascent to the top of the Test rankings.Indian cricket touched new peaks under the Kohli-Kumble combination and the show will go on with Shastri at the helm. It was a typical Indian victory that unfolded at Galle – methodical, clinical and ruthless.However, the onus would be on the team to push hard for the 2019 World Cup and that is when Shasri and Kohli would be truly judged. However, for now, both men have their hands full and it will be a tough road ahead with key overseas tours coming up. Will they be up for the challenge?last_img

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