Following Anil Kumble's resignation as the head coach of the Indian cricket team, the pressure to produce consistent results has fallen directly on captain Virat Kohli.
According to a report on Times of India, if India fails to find success under Kohli in the coming months, the Delhi batsman will have to come face-to-face with its consequences
"It has been given to understand that Kohli eventually had the veto power on the coach issue, which pushed Kumble out of the team. Now that he has his way, he has to deliver as captain. Otherwise, he had it," a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying in the report.
In a meeting between the Cricket Adivsory Committee (CAC) and BCCI officials in London after the Champions Trophy final, Kohli supposedly told the officials about the growing mistrust with Kumble. However the report also added that Kohli was ready to continue working under the former Indian captain if he was forced to do so.
Interestingly, on the other hand, Kumble reportedly apprised CAC members Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman that he didn't have any problems with Kohli.
When the CAC elucidated the full situation to the Committee of Administrators (COA), the Supreme Court-appoinited committee questioned the handling of such a case should something similar arise in the future.
They were also of the opinion that this issue shouldn't have escalated to such an extend, and should have been solved after the emergence of the first signs of discontent.
Despite voting for Kumble's continuation, the Indian spin legend decided to step down because of Kohli's strong "reservations".
"Since, Kohli had strong reservations against him, Kumble decided to gracefully leave the scene on his own," the BCCI official said in the report.
As of now, BCCI have stated that a new coach would be selected before India's tour to Sri Lanka in August. The 'Men in Blue' currently are in the Caribbean for a 5-match ODI series and a T20I against the West Indies.
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Updated Date: Jun 22, 2017 18:59:45 IST