Indian players ‘intimidated’ by Kumble?

Kumble’s tenure as head coach will come to an end after the Champions Trophy

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Speculation has been rife about why the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) didn’t extend head coach Anil Kumble’s contract, which ends after the Champions Trophy in England next month.

The BCCI have already invited candidates to apply for the head coach job and while Kumble will be considered for the position again, it seems that his chances of extending his tenure is becoming increasingly unlikely.

The reason behind this is the fact that India captain Virat Kohli recently provided the BCCI with feedback on Kumble, where he allegedly described the 46-year-old’s coaching style as “intimidating”.

To make matters worse, one official familiar with the comments made about Kumble revealed that the Bangalore native was seen to be conducting himself in a similar fashion to that of a school “headmaster”.

This approach “had not gone down well” with the players, which even led to some of them ruling themselves out of matches with injuries that were not cricket-related.

“Kumble was pushing hard. The bulk of them [injuries] are non-cricketing injuries,” the official said. “One of the players was stressed out. So the team is not a happy lot.”

When questioned how India had done so well under Kumble, the official responded by saying that “the team has been successful” since they played most of their games on home soil.

He then added: “The way the cricket set-up works in India is the coach is not the king. So the coach has to understand that.”

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