Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid has expressed his opinion over the bizarre exit of Anil Kumble as the head coach of Indian cricket team. India’s all-time leading wicket-taker seemingly had some issues in working with the skipper Virat Kohli and the former had left the position leaving a lot of questions unanswered.
Rahul Dravid, at the Bangalore Literature Festival, mentioned that the way the whole situation panned out was not right. He admitted that he didn’t know the specifics of the matter but the way Kumble’s role was portrayed in the media was not fair to him.
“What’s the answer? 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,” said Dravid. “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. So, what’s the reality of it and what happens behind closed doors is not something I’m preview 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 they way that it did, publicly. ”
A Coach gets sacked in such a situation
The current coach of Indian U-19 and India A teams went on to say that it;s the coaches that get sacked whenever there is an altercation with the captain.
“See, coaches get sacked, the first thing you know when you stop playing and become a coach is that someday 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,” said Dravid. “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.”