Kohli on Kumble’s contract: ‘Board is following due process’

India captain Virat Kohli said that BCCI was only following a due process by inviting fresh application for chief coach’s post with Anil Kumble’s contract expiring at the end of Champions Trophy.

India’s cricket team captain Virat Kohli was guarded in his comments about the interview applications for the head coach job.   -  Reuters

 

India captain Virat Kohli said that BCCI was only following a due process by inviting fresh application for chief coach’s post with Anil Kumble’s contract expiring at the end of Champions Trophy.

Under Kumble, India have won 12 out of the 17 Test matches last season and the timing of BCCI’s move is being perceived by many as a reminder to former India captain that he won’t get automatic extension.

“The process has been followed every single time in a similar way. Even the last time, the post was up for a change, the same procedure was applied. And the term being one year, obviously the procedure is being followed in the same manner,” Kohli said when asked about Kumble’s contract.

“So I don’t see anything very different from what has happened in the past. And that’s something that the board has obviously recognized. And they want to follow the same patterns. So, yeah, I literally don’t have any more information on it because there is a committee that takes those decisions,” the skipper remained guarded in his response.

However asked specifically about Anil Kumble’s contribution, Kohli said that when a team did well, it was due to the equal contribution from all and sundry. “Obviously, when you have results come your way, the contribution is from every part of the team. It’s not from a single source, to say the least. Everyone works hard equally, if not more than the other person,” the skipper said.

Shortly after reaching London for the Champions Trophy, Kohli said he was very excited as captain to be playing his first major ICC tournament."As far as the team goes, the last time we were able to win was because our fast bowlers did really well, the spinners were in form, the fielding stood out and the opening partnership was outstanding.

"I figured out these were the three factors that helped us win the tournament and go so far. Those we have recognised in England are the areas we need to be strong to go a long way in any tournament or a series," he said. 

He was confident of the now-experienced side doing well in the tournament.  "The team is much fitter, the cricketers are much more mature, That was a totally young group and a lot of them from that squad are in this team. They have gained a lot of experience in the last four years and that's going to help," tShortly after reaching London for the Champions Trophy, Kohli said he was very excited as captain to be playing his first major ICC tournament."As far as the team goes, the last time we were able to win was because our fast bowlers did really well, the spinners were in form, the fielding stood out and the opening partnership was outstanding.

 

"I figured out these were the three factors that helped us win the tournament and go so far. Those we have recognised in England are the areas we need to be strong to go a long way in any tournament or a series," he said. 

 

He was confident of the now-experienced side doing well in the tournament.  "The team is much fitter, the cricketers are much more mature, That was a totally young group and a lot of them from that squad are in this team. They have gained a lot of experience in the last four years and that's going to help," the skipper said.

 

On the personal front, Kohli expressed his affinity for the ICC tournament. "I personally love Champions Trophy. It presents a challenge to you right from the first game. In tournaments like World Cup, you have league games to get into the tournament, but here you have only three games. Either you are out or you play the semis. I think that's a great thing about the tournament." he skipper said.

On the personal front, Kohli expressed his affinity for the ICC tournament. "I personally love Champions Trophy. It presents a challenge to you right from the first game. In tournaments like World Cup, you have league games to get into the tournament, but here you have only three games. Either you are out or you play the semis. I think that's a great thing about the tournament."

(With inputs from Agencies)

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