How BCCI messed it up even before Kohli’s replacement- The New Indian Express

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When the team was appointed for the South African Indian tour, it was announced that Rohit Sharma will be the new captain of ODI.

The move seemed logical, considering India’s four-year ICC title drought under Kohli, but it created controversy thanks to the way the decision was made and communicated.

Kohli said: “They told me I will not be ODI captain an hour and a half before the selection committee meeting and I was ‘good, good.’

This gave an indication that there were no proper talks, contrary to the claims of BCCI President Sourav Ganguly.

Ganguly had previously said that he contacted Kohli about the captaincy of T20I and ODI and asked the latter to reconsider the decision to step down from the leadership position.

Indian team captain Virat Kohli with head coach Rahul Dravid after their 2-match test cricket series win against New Zealand, at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. (Photo | PTI)

“They didn’t tell me to reconsider. (When I approached BCCI and told them my decision) it was well received … ”said Kohli.

Ganguly responded by saying, “No statement, no press conference. We will deal with it, leave it to (the) BCCI.”

This is not the first time that the BCCI is screwing things up. Ganguly and Dravid endured it as gamers 16 years ago.

Let’s review similar episodes that created ripples in Indian cricket circles in the last 24 years.

When Master Blaster found out about his firing from the media

In 1996, after the shocking World Cup semi-final defeat against Sri Lanka at home and a lackluster tour of England, which also saw Navjot Singh Sidhu retire due to a fight with Mohammed Azharuddin, the latter was sacked as captain and the reins were handed over to 23-year-old Sachin Tendulkar.

The Master Blaster started his captaincy career with a bang, winning the Test series against Australia and South Africa at home. India then toured South Africa and the West Indies between December 1996 and April 1997.

Of the eight events held there, India lost three and tied the remaining five. To add to the misery, India lost the ODI series of a match against Zimbabwe in February 1997, in addition to losing the final of the Standard Bank trination tournament at Rainbow Nation. Also in the Caribbean, the four-game series saw a sweeping 3-1 victory for the Windies.

The previous results forced the BCCI to return the captaincy to Azhar.

Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar (Photo | PTI)

However, the way Sachin learned of his dismissal was strange in every way.

The Master Blaster went on to reveal later that no one on the board informed him of the decision and that he came to know of the development only from the media.

“At the end of the series, I was unceremoniously fired as a boss. No one from BCCI managed to call me or inform me of my dismissal as captain before someone from the media called to tell me that I was no longer a captain, ”Tendulkar explained the incident in his autobiography.

He responded with his bat, scoring 12 hundreds in the 1998 season, hitting Australia (especially Shane Warne) at home in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and then Sharjah (two consecutive hundreds, including a 143 in the final), followed by another masterful blow of 141 in the 1998 ICC quarter-finals in Dhaka against the same opposition, leading India to the semi-finals.

The leaked email that started the Ganguly vs Greg Chapell saga

Greg Chappell became India’s coach in 2005 and his first assignment was the Indian Oil Cup in Sri Lanka, where the visitors lost the final. Despite Ganguly’s presence, Rahul Dravid donned his captain’s hat when the ‘Prince of Kolkata’ joined the team in the middle of the tournament after serving a four-match suspension.

The fallout between Ganguly and Chappell began during the following tour of Zimbabwe, where the captain was asked to resign as captain. Chappell even said before the first test that both Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif should be chosen at Dada’s expense, after which Ganguly decided to leave the tour, only to be pacified by the team’s leadership.

Former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly (Photo | PTI)

After India won the series 2-0 and Ganguly scored a hundred in the first game, things took an ugly turn.

He accused the team’s leadership of forcing him to leave the captaincy. Days later, Chappell read a statement before the second test, saying that he allowed himself a private chat with Sourav to later motivate him for the Bulawayo game and that he also shares a “strong mutual respect with Ganguly for a long time.” Tendulkar, however, said that locker room conversations should remain private.

Chappell then emailed BCCI saying that Ganguly is “mentally and physically disabled, and has a negative attitude” as a leader, which may hamper India’s chances for the 2007 World Cup. He also accused Dada of desperately trying retain the captaincy despite losing trust and respect within the team. The email was leaked and BCCI summoned the duo for a meeting in Mumbai where they reportedly decided to work together.

However, Ganguly was eliminated by ODI from Sri Lanka and South Africa at home. He was selected only for the home trials against Lankans and the subsequent Pakistan tour, as Dravid became the new captain.

Spinner Harbhajan Singh accused Chappell of creating an environment of fear and insecurity within Team India, resulting in a gag order issued by management. After the 0-1 loss to Pakistan in Tests, Ganguly was out of the team for almost a year.

Archive image of Greg Chappell and MS Dhoni. (AFP)

As Chappell continued to play, his dominant personality did not find the support of the elders. The media started calling Team India Team Chappell.

While Ganguly continued to strive on the domestic circuit, India suffered a 1-4 defeat in the ODI during the Windies tour, faced group stage eliminations at the DLF Cup in Malaysia (involving Australia and the West Indies). ) and the ICC Champions Trophy at home.

Team Chappell’s 0-4 ODI humiliation during the 2006 tour of South Africa forced the selectors to call Ganguly to the test side.

Although India lost the series 1-2 (after registering their first Test victory at Rainbow Nation), Dada, with his new center guard, became India’s top scorer (214 runs in three games). He returned to the ODI pool also in 2007 and scored 1,106 tests and 1,240 ODI runs with averages of 61.44 and 44.28 respectively that year.

A 50+ World Cup group stage exit ended the season below average for Chappell and a scarred BCCI stood aside from the idea of ​​hiring another foreign pro. Chandu Borde, Lalchand Rajput, Ravi Shastri, Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh led the India team until the arrival of Garry Kirsten in 2008.

Virat Kohli vs Anil Kumble and another email leak

On June 24, 2016, BCCI appointed Anil Kumble as head coach, replacing Ravi Shastri, who had been in charge of the senior men’s team since the 2015 World Cup.

The legendary leg-spinner and former captain of India Test is known as a tough foreman in coaching circles. Within months of Kumble’s appointment, his combination with the Virat Kohli patron spawned a massive change in the Indian team’s fortunes in Test cricket.

India played 17 test matches on the 2016/17 calendar, won 12 of them and regained its number one position in the ICC rankings after five years.

Then came June 18, 2017, when Kohli and company were knocked down by 180 runs in the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan in the UK.

Former Indian cricket team head coach Anil Kumble (R) with skipper Virat Kohli. (Photo | EPS)

Despite Vinod Rai, the head of the Supreme Court Appointed Committee of Trustees (COA), saying on June 12 that Kumble will continue until the West Indies tour, the Indian veteran left his papers on June 20. , just 48 hours after the humiliating loss to Pakistan.

While in his Twitter statement, he congratulated and thanked team management, BCCI and the players, a few dazzling lines caught media attention.

“After this hint, the BCCI first informed me yesterday that the Captain had reservations with my ‘style’ and about my continuation as head coach. I was surprised as I have always respected the role boundaries between the captain and the coach. Although the BCCI tried to resolve the misunderstandings between the Captain and myself, it was clear that the partnership was unsustainable and therefore I think it is best for me to move on. Professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and points of interest. Various views are the key traits that I bring to the table. They must be valued for the association to be effective. I see the role of the coach as “holding a mirror” to promote self-improvement in the interests of the team. In light of these “reserves” I think it is better that I hand this responsibility over to whoever the CAC and BCCI deem appropriate. “

In December 2018, when the Indian cricket circle was rife with conversations about personality clashes between women’s team captain Mithali Raj and coach Ramesh Powar, another email leak occurred, similar to the Chappell vs Ganguly episode.

This time news agency AFP He accessed the email (written by Diana Edulji to Vinod Rai) and this was what it said there: “Kohli frequently sent SMS to the CEO he acted on and there was a change of coach.”

This was damning proof that Kohli did indeed work behind Kumble’s back and had a significant role to play in removing the latter.



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