He is overbearing. Last week, this text flashed on a BCCI official’s phone. It was said to be from Virat Kohli and it was about coach Anil Kumble. Rumblings in the BCCI corridor have begun once again. In another corner of the world, one man isn’t surprised. As a coach, he had pushed and questioned Kohli about small things on and off the field: strategy, the team’s future. Small stuff. Virat Kohli didn’t like it, and soon, the coach was out. “People generally don’t like being questioned and their shortcomings pointed out but I knew what I did was for his, and the team’s, well-being.” That was South African Ray Jennings, one of the first coaches that Kohli worked with at the IPL team in Bangalore.According to sources, Kohli had apprehensions about Anil Kumble right from the start. “He would throw a word or two about what he thought about the new coach. You know, nothing bad, but there was enough there to realise he wasn’t sure or had some doubts,” says a member of the Indian contingent. Perhaps, it was the ejection of Virat Kohli’s man Ravi Shastri that he was finding hard to come to terms with.
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