Anil Kumble steps down as India cricket coach after falling out with Virat Kohli

India coach Anil Kumble has stepped down from the role.
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India coach Anil Kumble has stepped down from the role.

Anil Kumble has stepped down as Indian cricket coach after falling out with skipper Virat Kohli, a top source in the country's cricket board says.

Kumble's original contract expired with the team's Champions Trophy campaign, but the former captain was tipped to get an extension after enjoying a successful run during his year in charge.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) invited applications for the role last month and Kumble had re-applied for the same.

India captain Virat Kohli has a history of clashing with opponents, and now he's clashed with his coach.
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India captain Virat Kohli has a history of clashing with opponents, and now he's clashed with his coach.

The official confirmed to Reuters that the 46-year-old, who was put in charge last June, decided to step down after the breakdown of his relationship with Kohli.

Local media has reported that Kohli found Kumble's brand of coaching a bit too assertive and their relationship was beyond repair.

The former legspinner, also India's most successful bowler, led India to 12 victories from 17 Tests and lost just once as coach.

Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli chat in the nets during the Champions Trophy.
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Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli chat in the nets during the Champions Trophy.

He also guided India to one-day international series wins over New Zealand and England with losses coming only in a T20 series against the West Indies and in last week's Champions Trophy final, where they lost to Pakistan.

Kumble is also the chairman of the International Cricket Council's cricket committee and has stayed back in London for the world governing body's meeting this week.

He decided not to travel with the India side for a limited-overs tour to the West Indies, where they will play a five-match ODI series and a T20 game in the Caribbean starting on June 23.

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 - AAP

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