'I Respect Anil Bhai's Views': Virat Kohli On Coach Row


India skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday asserted that he and the whole team have a huge respect for former head coach Anil Kumble's achievements as a cricketer. Kohli on the other hand wanted Rs 5 crore, Rs 3 crore and Rs 1.5 crore for Grade-A, Grade-B and Grade-C cricketers respectively. All the years that he's played. All the years he has played, there is no taking away from that aspect of him at all. "And we all respect him totally", said Kohli on the eve of the first ODI of the five-match series against West Indies.

"It's something that happened right after the tournament".

Kohli, in a press conference during Champions Trophy this month, said these were made up stories by the media.

"We have created a culture over the last three, four years that whatever happens in the changing room, we've tried to maintain the sanctity of the changing room throughout", he said. For us that is paramount.

"(He) has expressed his views and taken a decision to step out. This is a very good decision by CAC because only a healthy relationship between captain and coach can take Indian cricket forward. But the start of the series has been overshadowed by Kumble's resignation and the reasons he gave for the decision. "We have to focus on our game and leave India to deal with their own problems", said West Indies captain Jason Holder when questioned about the circumstances of Kumble's departure. By afternoon, it had emerged that Kohli had deleted the tweet in which he had welcomed Kumble on June 23 past year.

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Virender Sehwag surprised quite a few when he applied at the last moment for the job of Indian cricket team coach after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) invited applications for the high-profile post ahead of the recently-concluded Champions Trophy.

According to India Express, A BCCI spokesperson revealed that CAC will not consult the team or captain while selecting the next coach.

From their last ODI meeting more than two years ago at the World Cup in Perth - a four-wicket win for India with nearly 11 overs to spare - there are only two West Indian survivors in Holder and batsman Jonathan Carter.

Spin-bowling great Kumble withdrew from the running for a new contract on Tuesday, saying his position had become "untenable" after a breakdown in relations with Kohli.