This was probably the first time when Anil Kumble, the former India Head Coach, was speaking on a matter related to Indian cricket after stepping down from the post of Head Coach and in the very first moment, he predicted a win for India in South Africa and also praised captaincy of Virat Kohli,
“I’m confident that the team which we have will certainly go on to create history in South Africa and then beyond. That’s the confidence I have, and I’m sure the team under Virat certainly has the capabilities to achieve that and continue all the good work they have been doing,” he said during a function.
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Kumble stepped down from the post of the Head Coach of Indian cricket team due to the untenable relation with skipper, Kohli. He revealed that he was informed about skipper having reservations with his style of play, thus confirming the that the reports of him and Kohli not going along were true.
The level of difference between the two was understood by the fact that not even a single player wished Kumble after he exited. Till date, any active player barring R Ashwin is yet to comment on Kumble.
In short, the players decided to play it safe and did not comment on the matter. Kumble was also absent from the public domain for a brief period, but finally, he predicted a win for India in South Africa.
Indian team is yet to win a Test series in South Africa but this time, the team is going with much hopes as Indian team has had done much practice in Asian conditions in past three years, and it will be the first time when skipper Kohli will lead the team for a complete Test series outside Asia and West Indies.
It will be an ardent test for the skipper and the team. The South Africa tour will also mark a start to team India’s foreign stay as after South Africa; the team will travel to countries like England, Australia and New Zealand, where Virat Kohli’s men will be tested in the most difficult conditions.
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