Anil Kumble’s resignation as the Indian cricket team’s head coach has caused a void for the Virat Kohli-led side. The spin great’s statement that his relation with the skipper had become ‘untenable’ has only complicated matters for Indian cricket. Nevertheless, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sought applications for the post of the next head coach of the national team nearly a month ago. At the time of his resignation, Kumble was present in London to attend the chief executives meeting of the ICC.
Kumble’s decision comes in the wake of reports claiming rifts between him and Kohli, and just two days after India’s embarrassing loss to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final. His one year contract expired at the end of the Champions Trophy but he was given the option to travel with the team to the West Indies for the limited overs series beginning. However, Kumble decided to stay back in London for the ICC ‘Annual Conference’ as he is the chairman of the Cricket Committee while the Indian team boarded the flight to Barbados. Kohli had met the BCCI top brass along with Kumble in London before leaving for the West Indies today. The meeting took place after the high-profile Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) communicated to the BCCI that it had failed resolve the differences between Kumble and Kohli. The BCCI had invited fresh applications for the post of head coach days before the start of Champions Trophy. Kumble was a direct entry into the coach selection process while the others who applied for the post were Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput among others.The team did well under Kumble in the past 12 months, winning Test series in the West Indies (2-0) before winning at home against New Zealand (3-0), England (4-0), Bangladesh (1- 0) and Australia (2-1).