Saurav Ganguly Meets With Team India For Feedback On Coach Anil Kumble

It comes with a dose of drama, mystery, innuendo, allegations by anonymous people.

By the time Hasan Ali flicked Umesh Yadav tamely to midwicket in unlikely evening sunshine, India had long since wrapped up their seventh successive victory over their old adversaries at global events.

But fellow left-arm fast bowler Wahab was hugely expensive, his wicketless 8.4 overs costing 87 runs.

Talking about his journey with Kumble through the past year, Kohli said that it has been a good year. Amitabh Choudhary took pains to explain that all is hunky-dory and rubbished the reports of rift between Kohli and Kumble as a figment of media’s imagination. BCCI insiders confirmed that the crisis was real.

India and Pakistan are now leveled 2-2 in head-to-head in the history of the ICC Champions Trophy.

“Due process had to be followed since Kumble’s original appointment was only for one year, why was this not done during April and May, when the IPL was on?”, he added.

It didn’t just bat Pakistan out of the game, but it also hit their morale hard in the first half of the game. Kumble has been their long-time comrade, and it is understood that Kohli has spoken to a couple of them in person. “You have got players all the way through, even Rohit Sharma“, he said. Sehwag has reportedly rejected the offer. Apparently, the selection of the Indian XI in the fourth and final Test against Australia in March was one of the thorny issues.

Kumar scalped three wickets in each of the two warm-up matches that India played against New Zealand and Bangladesh while Bumrah was economical. Kumble himself was part of these exercises along with the other senior teammates of his.

The atmosphere has been so vitiated that Kumble would not like to continue with so much of dirt splashing all over. His image is overbearing.

In the 46th over, things went even worst for the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side when the Indian skipper smashed two boundaries and a six and Yuvraj scored his 52nd fifty off 29 balls and 12th against Pakistan.

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strong>. It was seen as some kind of backdoor entry as he was supposed to have been prompted by members of Cricket Advisory Committee of the board, Sachin Tendulkar, Ganguly and VVS Laxman. A flurry of meetings are expected to sort out the issue. There was no way one could get close to study the vibes between Kohli and Kumble. BCCI received lot of profile from all around the world from Former Players and Coaches.

Put in to bat, defending champions India notched up a competitive 319 for three after two rain interruptions reduced the match to 48 overs a side at the Edgbaston. “I don’t see any problem at all”. “A little give and take can be done”, says a BCCI insider. The BCCI is following a process. The CoA has been known to back the current coach. Kumble’s admirers feel he should continue.

The task proved too much for Pakistan, who were bowled out for 164 in 33.4 overs. “He has done exceptionally well. His involvement, his inputs, his guidance, his experience, his knowledge, everything has worked so well for the Indian team, the players”, Patil tells Outlook. “I thought we all batted really well”. When he came to know of it, Rai was upset.

Guha has said former Indian paceman and ICC match referee Javagal Srinath or any respected male cricketer should replace him on the panel. “Just imagine Kumble’s position before the team now”. You’re in the middle of a Champions Trophy.

India is set to face arch-rival Pakistan on 4 June.

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