It is never a pretty side to see a coach & captain getting into dispute, let alone one of them leaving. But that’s exactly what happened with former coach Anil Kumble and captain Virat Kohli. Eventually Kumble decided to end the chapter and move on. Kohli, however, remained silent on the topic.
Former India captain Rahul Dravid, too, thought the saga was unfortunate. He said, “At the end of the day, I don’t know the specifics of that particular issue, but it shouldn’t have got played out in the way that it did. I think the whole thing got played out in the media which is very, very unfortunate for Anil and not fair on him at all.”
Dravid went on, “So, what’s the reality of it and what happens behind closed doors is not something I’m privy to, so I can’t comment directly. But it was definitely an unfortunate episode, especially to someone like Anil who has been an absolute legend of the game, someone who has done more to win Test matches for India than anybody I know. And he had a successful year as coach as well. But the fact is that it should never have played out the way that it did, publicly.”
Dravid also talked about players being more powerful than coaches: “See, coaches get sacked. The first thing you know when you stop playing and become a coach is that some day you are going to get sacked. That’s the reality. As an India A and Under-19 coach, I know that someday I’m going to get the boot. Some football managers get sacked after two games, so that’s the reality. Players are more powerful than coaches. We know that because we were more powerful than coaches when we played.”