A legend like Anil Kumble deserved more respect from BCCI: Gautam Gambhir to India Today

first_imgFollowing Anil Kumble’s unceremonious exit, the BCCI rumour factory now rests easy. But from Kumble’s resignation to Ravi Shastri’s reinstatement, for the BCCI, it was a public relations disaster.While it also became evident captain Virat Kohli stood his ground in not wanting Kumble and there were players in the dressing room who also had issues with the coach’s working style, most others rallied behind the captain.Not every player however, had problems with Kumble and some like Gautam Gambhir are not amused with the way the coach drama played out. Gambhir who played in the Test series against New Zealand last year, currently works as an analyst for ESPNcricnfo’s new show ‘Turn and Bounce.’In an interview to India Today he says, “BCCI could have handled it in a lot more professional way. You got to give a legend like Anil Kumble a lot more respect. He is someone who has done so much for Indian cricket and has been a captain as well.”Without going deeper into Kumble’s working style, the southpaw did say the BCCI image took a beating because of the episode. “If you handle the issue in this fashion it gives a poor image. I think because of that you got the kind of coach applicants you got to consider,” he opined.As it turned out, Shastri, who Kumble had replaced in 2016, was handed back coaching duties with Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody the only other serious contenders, ultimately overlooked.Gambir urged all and sundry to move on now that the appointment is made.advertisement”It’s done and dusted and the appointment has been made. Irrespective of whether Anil kumble is the coach or Ravi Shastri, what’s more important is that India wins. After all the coaches performance is not analysed, the team’s performance is,” he said.While Virat as the captain became a central figure in the coach appointment saga with his opinion sought, Gambhir disagrees any of this external pressure will weigh him down.”I don’t think there will be external pressure on Virat. The coach has been appointed. The support staff is largely the same.”If this controversy had lingered on it could have been a distraction. Now it should not. The series is about to get underway. You have gone there to play as a cricketer. Who should be appointed is not your job. Your focus is on cricket,” he concluded.last_img

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