Virat Kohli the superstar has prevailed over some of Indian cricket’s biggest stars.Picture this: A year ago, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman appointed Anil Kumble to coach India. Virat Kohli was just cutting his teeth into captaincy. He had begun well and there was a long home season to look forward to. Four Tests in the West Indies, 13 at home – that would have given Kumble time to settle in and stamp his style on the team – a bunch of young but extremely talented individuals.WATCH FULL VIDEOThe results were instant. West Indies were not a great challenge. And India were always expected to win at home. But the way they dismantled New Zealand and England in particular, showed things were working well between Kumble and Virat Kohli, the new leader of new India. (Team India to get new head coach before tour of Sri Lanka next month)Little did we know, things were quickly spiralling out of control.The rift, the debacle in the Champions Trophy final and Kumble’s subsequent resignation. Bad blood between the two most powerful men in Indian cricket had left a bad taste in the mouths of fans already.Meanwhile, things took a turn for the worse after India’s disgraceful defeat against Pakistan at The Oval. Kohli and his superstars could not digest a dressing down from Kumble after they returned to the change rooms.The coach was furious with his players – Jasprit Bumrah in particular for that no-ball which gave Fakhar Zaman a new lease of life. The superstars did not expect to be yelled at for 30 minutes. (Meet the 6 men to be interviewed for the positon of Team India coach)advertisementKumble never gave an inch nor asked for any as a player. As a coach, he would have demanded the same of his players. And what was so wrong in shouting at the players for a listless performance that resulted in a humiliating defeat? Are they bigger than the game? Are they bigger than the country?Kumble was well within his rights to scold his team but it is exactly this attitude that had alienated him from Kohli and his coterie. Despite the obvious rift, the advisory committee of Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman backed Kumble to stay on as coach. He had done nothing wrong as coach. Nothing. (Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli rift: A timeline of events)The legends spoke to Kohli but he would not listen. He was determined to see Kumble go. The captain (and the rest of the team) wants Ravi Shastri back. There is little evidence of that happening but it was shocking to see how Kohli reacted to four legends.If the captain does not listen to Ganguly, Tendulkar, Laxman and is opposed to Kumble as coach, what chance does anybody else have of reigning him in? Kohli has shown an utter lack of respect for his seniors, his country and the cricketing fraternity at large.When Kohli was involved in those heated battles against the Australian team earlier this year, he got the firm backing of his people. Former cricketers, the media and fans rallied behind their captain. But his abysmal treatment of Kumble will alienate the skipper now.The Indian cricket team is nobody’s fiefdom. Kumble is now lost to the Indian team but it is high time Kohli is tamed down or things will keep getting worse.
Virat Kohli’s lack of respect for India’s legends absolutely shocking