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New Indian Coach must 'get along' with Virat Kohli

In a damning revelation, a BCCI official said that the new coach would have to 'get along' with Virat Kohli. A BCCI official said that even though Kohli wouldn't have a role in the selection process, the new coach should have good relations with the Indian skipper. A three-member committee consisting of Laxman, Tendulkar and Ganguly will pick the new coach. A BCCI official said: "The advisory committee are adept at getting the right man but they would certainly have the Kumble episode at the back of their mind while selecting the new coach."

"Even though Kohli has no role in the selection, a person who will get along with the captain is always good for the team and who better than Sachin, Sourav and Laxman to know how the captain-coach relationship works," the official said.

Earlier, Virat Kohli was in no mood to share any details regarding his role in the sudden resignation of India cricket coach Anil Kumble, the captain instead preferring to focus on the respect he has for the country's leading test wicket-taker.

Kumble, whose original contract expired at this month's Champions Trophy, was widely expected to be handed a new deal to continue in the role after a highly successful year in charge but his tenure came to an abrupt end earlier this week.

The former captain had been due to join the team on their limited-overs tour of West Indies beginning on Friday but he quit on Tuesday after revealing a breakdown in his relationship with Kohli, who was said to resent his assertive coaching style. "(He) has expressed his views and taken a decision to step out. We all respect that decision," Kohli told reporters in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on the eve of the first one-day international against West Indies.

Kumble said in a message that he was surprised when the Indian board told him of Kohli's reservations concerning his 'style' and his plans to continue as head coach of the team.

Queried about the circumstances that led to Kumble's exit, the India captain was predictably reticent, citing the sanctity of the dressing room for his silence on the issue. "We have created a culture over the last three-four years that whatever happens in the changing room, we've tried to maintain the sanctity of the changing room throughout," he said. "...what happens in the changing room is something that's very sacred and private to all of us, and something that I would not express in details in a public scenario.

"As I said, his point of view is out there and we respect that decision." Kumble's exit has been perceived at home as a victory for player power, which will also send out the wrong signal to whoever succeeds the former spin bowler in the high-profile job.
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