Kohli: Have total respect for Kumble
Kumble stepped down as coach because of differences with Kohli. Photograph: (Zee News Network)
With Anil Kumble having stepped down as coach of the Indian cricket team, captain Virat Kohli has said he has "total respect for Kumble..."
What was interesting was that he said he had total respect for him as a cricketer.
Kohli left out what he thought of Kumble as a coach.
Kumble stepped down as coach because of differences with Kohli.
ANI reported Kohli as saying on the eve of the first ODI against the West Indies: "It's his opinion, which I respect. I have total respect for him as a cricketer and what he has achieved [for the] nation. All the years that he has played. There's no taking away that aspect of him at all. And we all respect him totally."
Kohli added: "It's (Kumble's resignation) something that has happened right after the (Champions Trophy) tournament. One thing for sure is that I have had 11 press conferences that have happened during the Champions Trophy. We have created a culture over the last three-four years that whatever happens in the change room, we've tried to maintain the sanctity of the change room throughout.
"That is what the whole team believes in. For us that is paramount. I've always respected that and we have continued to maintain that as well."
ANI said Kohli did not say anything more, saying the "sanctity of the dressing room" had to be maintained.
Kumble however had said a certain amount -- in a most dignified manner -- earlier.
He posted this letter (below) on his Twitter account on June 20.