Whatmore surprised by Kohli-Kumble misunderstanding

The cricket coach tips Ravi Shastri to perform well in his new role as head coach.

Dav Whatmore underlined the importance of a good rapport between captain and coach.   -  M. Vedhan

David Whatmore, Sri Lanka’s World Cup-winning coach who knows Virat Kohli well, felt he was surprised by the fallout between the Indian captain and Anil Kumble.

Whatmore was the coach when Kohli captained his side to the Under-19 World Cup title triumph in 2008. He said, “I was a little bit surprised. It’s not the best way to go about things. It seems like there may have been a little bit of miscommunication. The captain-coach relationship is very important in the well-being of the team going forward. Teams will change depending on how mature they are depending on the number of games played and the coach will have to adapt accordingly.”

Whatmore, however, said Ravi Shastri will fare well as the coach considering he had worked with the Indian team in the recent past. “I’m not sure things will change much. He has got some pretty good generals on the field. He also has Sanjay Bangar, Bharat Arun and R. Sridhar, who are a good trio of people to offer their expertise and prepare the team to have success as they did during their previous stint together.”

When asked if it’s tough when both the captain and coach are too strong, Whatmore said, “It can do. Like poles repel as I have said earlier. But there is no question that players make the coach. There has got to be a healthy respect between the two individuals for things to work out.”

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