Breaking silence over the resignation of Anil Kumble as India coach, India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday said that he respects his decision.
“Anil bhai has taken the decision to step out and we will respect that decision”, Indian skipper said. This is the first time Kohli commenting on the entire controversy after the tussle between the both made news.
In the presser ahead of the series opener against West Indies, Kohli said the team has tried to maintain the sanctity of the change room throughout the episode.
Obviously Anil bhai has expressed his views and he’s taken the decision to step out and we will respect that decision. It’s something that has happened right after the tournament. One thing for sure is that I’ve had 11 press conferences that have happened during the Champions Trophy. We have created a culture over the last 3-4 years that whatever happens in the change room, we’ve tried to maintain the sanctity of the change room throughout. That is what the whole team believes in. For us that is paramountVirat Kohli
" I’ve always respected that and we have continued to maintain that as well. As I said, it’s his opinion which I respect. I have total respect for him as a cricketer and what he’s achieved as a nation. All the years that he’s played. That’s no taking away that aspect of him at all. And we all respect him totally”, he said.
Upon being asked about the difference of opinion between the both, Kohli refused to reveal much details.
Meanwhile, Kohli deleted the post on the microblogging site close on the heals of the spin legend's decision to resign from his post due to "untenable" differences with the captain.
Soon after Kumble's appointment, Kohli had tweeted on June 23 last year, greeting him with a smiley and expressed hopes of a great future under his guidance.
"Heartiest welcome to @anilkumble1074 Sir. Look forward to your tenure with us. Great things in store for Indian Cricket with you ??" Kohli had posted on his official twitter handle, which he has deleted now.
Kumble, who was given a one-year tenure, quit from his position as the head coach after the final of the Champions Trophy.
Although the BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, wanted him to continue but Kumble relinquished his position, stating that his relationship with Kohli became "untenable".