Former Indian captain Bishan Singh Bedi joins the list of the critics over Virat Kohli – Anil Kumble spat, which broke into the news almost 2 months back. Coach Kumble had to quit from the position because of the differences between him and skipper Kohli. Reacting to it, Bedi slammed BCCI for poor handling of the issue and felt “sorry” for Kumble.
As reported by PTI, Bedi said, “I feel it was the most avoidable situation. It is not between who is the boss on the field and who is boss off the field. They both serve in the game in their own capacity. The need to agree to disagree is seldom followed. We are all grown up adults and we can have a difference of opinion. But we cannot have a different path.”
“You have allowed this to develop in the first place. Who allowed this? They (the BCCI) allowed. They are disqualified people, disqualified as far as Lodha panel is concerned, these BCCI officials,” Bedi added.
Bedi further also hailed Kumble as one of the finest brains in the sport and expressed, “In this particular case, I feel sorry for Kumble. He is not given his fair due. If this can happen to Kumble, with the performance that he has had as a coach, can you imagine what is in store for who is stepping into his shoes?”
The 70-year old former Indian spinner also bashed Sourav Ganguly for his comment that the Kohli-Kumble row was poorly handled by saying, “By whom? They were as much party to it. You cannot get away. You cannot wash your hands off from this particular ugly situation. Who has handled it badly? What message are you trying to convey? Who is it who has handled it badly? That is important.”
Reacting to the reports on Kohli and Kumble not interacting with each other since last six months, Bedi calls it rumours and says, “That is only a rumour. How can you survive six months without talking to each other? Considering the success story of the last one of year of the Indian team, you cannot do away with the contribution of Kumble. He is to my mind, most intelligent cricket analyst in the country. He is not a qualified coach. But, he knows what the game is all about.”