Vinod Rai, who headed the Committee of Administrators (CoA), has opened up on Virat Kohli ands Anil Kumble's rift in his book 'Not Just a Nightwatchman — My Innings in the BCCI'.

Vinod Rai, who headed the Committee of Administrators (CoA), has opened up on Virat Kohli ands Anil Kumble’s rift in his book ‘Not Just a Nightwatchman — My Innings in the BCCI’.

The Cricket Advisory Committee, which comprised legendary cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman, had tried to solve the differences between the two, but it did not work out, leading to the departure of Kumble.

Virat was not happy with the working style of Anil during his tenure as head coach of the team. As a result, post the Champions Trophy final in 2017, Kumble stepped down from his post.

Rai stated that Kumble wanted player discipline in the squad, which did not impress the players. He added that Kohli had revealed that the youngsters in the squad felt ‘intimidated’ by Kumble’s approach.

“In my conversation with the skipper and the other support staff members, it was conveyed that Kumble was too much of a disciplinarian, and hence the team members were not pleased with him. Moreover, I had spoken to Virat Kohli, and he did mention that the players felt intimidated by the way Anil Kumble worked with them,” Rai was quoted as saying in excerpts published by The Indian Express.

Rai further noted that Kumble was disappointed with the way things had panned out and felt it was unfair treatment to him as a head coach.

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