Timing of rift between Kumble and Kohli not right, says Gavaskar

Kohli, India captain across all formats, is believed to have told the BCCI top brass that all is not well between the team and coach Anil Kumble. Gavaskar, though, reckons its impossible for captain and coach to be on the same page.

"Kumble has done a very good job as coach. I am simply going by the results," Gavaskar said   -  The Hindu

Amid speculation of a rift between India captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble, former captain Sunil Gavaskar today said it is impossible to have the skipper and the coach always on the same page on all cricketing issues.

“It cannot happen because the coach is invariably somebody who has played in an earlier generation, so their attitude will always be slightly different,” Gavaskar said.

The legendary opener reckons a coach should be farsighted.

“I don’t think this should be taken seriously, this kind of discussion is in fact healthy. A coach should be somebody who is good for Indian cricket. He should have a vision which would carry the team forward for the next 8 to 10 years,” Gavaskar said.

Gavaskar also questioned the veracity of such reports. “I’m not sure whether these reports about Kumble and Kohli being at loggerheads are true or not but the timing of this is certainly not right. We have got a big game coming up, which would set the tone for the remainder of the tournament,” he said.

“Off days, when there is no cricket happening, are the ones Indian cricket team dreads the most, that is when such reports come out because there is no actual cricket to cover,” Gavaskar had his tongue firmly in cheek.

The veteran however sidestepped a query where he was asked as to how a rift like this should be handled.

“It is hard for me to say how it should be resolved. I hope better sense prevails because nobody is bigger than the game and I think Indian cricket has got to be the No. 1 priority. We can all differ on how that but as long as our heart beats for Indian cricket, I think we should encourage,” he said.

Gavaskar was all praise for Kumble’s track record as a coach.

“Kumble has done a very good job as coach of this unit. I am simply going by the results and when you go by the results of last year, you can say he has done nothing wrong.”

Gavaskar hopes that the Cricket Advisory Committee (Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman) would be able to speak to the skipper and coach.

“Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman-these three are legends of the game and have played with Anil. They will be heard by both Virat and Anil,” he said.

“These three have nothing but the interest of Indian cricket at heart. In case there’s any truth in the matter, I think that should be the way forward.”

Looking at India’s performance in the two warm-up matches, the Men in Blue seem to be geared for the title defence.

“I think India’s bowling is slightly better than batting,” Gavaskar signed off.

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