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Anil Kumble Felt He was Unfairly Treated: Former COA Chief Vinod Rai Writes in His Book

Written by Abhishek Patil

Anil Kumble felt that he was treated “unfairly” and forced to resign as head coach of the Indian team but then skipper Virat Kohli opined that players were not happy with his “intimidating” style of enforcing discipline, according to former Committee of Administrators head Vinod Rai.

In his recently published book ‘Not Just A Nightwatchman: My Innings with BCCI’, published by ‘Rupa’, Rai touched upon various issues that he dealt with during his 33-month tenure.

One of the issues and perhaps the most controversial, was when Kohli complained about his breakdown of relationship with Kumble, who announced his resignation publicly just after Champions Trophy in 2017.

Kumble was handed a one-year contract in 2016.

“In my conversations with the captain and team management, it was conveyed that Kumble was too much of a disciplinarian and hence the team members were not too happy with him,” Rai has written in his book.


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Abhishek Patil