Exclusive details of India team manager’s report from Champions Trophy: Didn’t see much communication between Kohli, Kumble

first_imgKapill Malhotra, Team India manager for the ICC Champions Trophy, said he did not see much communication between captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble, who stepped down two days after India lost the final to Pakistan.WATCH FULL VIDEO HEREIndia Today had broken reports of rift between the captain and coach days before the Champions Trophy started. However, Kohli denied that as mere speculation. But Kumble, soon after resigning, issued a statement and clarified he was quitting because the captain did not like his style of coaching.Malhotra’s report was rather guarded despite clear differences between the coach and the captain.”There was harmony in the dressing room, the coaches Mr Anil Kumble, Mr Bangar, Mr Sridhar & senior players like Mr MS Dhoni & Mr Yuvraj Singh were helpful to the younger players,” Malhotra said in his report.However, Malhotra, who attended all team meetings on the eve of matches, said he did not see “much communication between captain and coach.”India Today had also broken how communication between Kohli and Kumble had broken down for the past several months.Here is the full report:I hear by duly submit my report, Champions Trophy 2017.The arrangements made by  ICC at the airports both when we landed & left were excellent, the hotels where we were put up were good. Our local liaison Mr Vasant Bhatt was very accommodating and helpful.Mr Peter Spinks our security in charge provided by ICC, worked very well with our security manager Mr Jaidev Joshi.advertisementOur staff performed there functions with sincerity and dedication.Before the tournament began, I had meetings with Mr Chris Tetley Head of events, meeting with Mr Neeraj Kumar & Miss Jill Mccraacken tournament safety & security manager, attended ACSU meetings. Had a meeting with Mr David Boon match Refree along with head coach Mr Anil Kumble.Both ICC venue managers Oval, Mr Dhiraj Malhotra and Edgbaston, Miss Sarah Edgar were very helpful & cooperative.Our Captain Mr Virat Kohli was very positive, was always approachable & respectful, even when the team had a bad day on the field, he encouraged the players to go out & express themselves & perform better, in the team meetings he spoke about intensity required on the field & led by example.All the team members got along well & behaved like true professionals & were always seen encouraging each other.There was harmony in the dressing room, the coaches Mr Anil Kumble, Mr Bangar, Mr Sridhar & senior players like Mr MS Dhoni & Mr Yuvraj Singh were helpful to the younger players.Team meetings were held one day before all the games, which I attended.Team selections were held one day before, both the selectors Mr MSK Prasad, Mr Devang Gandhi, head coach Mr Anil Kumble,Captian Mr Kohli & myself attended the meetings, the selection for all the games was unanimous. The minutes of the selection committee meeting are ready in hard copy.Initially When I met Mr Anil Kumble I found him to be slightly reserved, but  as the tournament progressed I found him more approachable.I must add that I did not see much communication between the Coach & the Captain, personally I did not witness any arguments between the two.The Team members played well throughout the tournament & gave there 100 percent, it was unfortunate that we did not win the final.SuggestionsGoing forward, would suggest that there is enough time given to the squad to rest when they arrive, after long flights, before they start there activities, at least a couple of days, because If you see the scheduling, the day we got into London in the morning, within a few hours the Captain had to attend the arrival press conference, then captains photo shoot, then the entire squad had to attend Anti-Doping educational briefing along with ACU educational briefing.The next day we were at Lords practicing.Enough water should be provided in team rooms at the hotel, we were provided 2 crates of water which was not sufficient.Security concernsThere were 3 incidents reported by our security manager.1. On the final day of the tournament after the prize distribution ceremony, as the players were walking up the steps, one of the spectators said something to Mr Shami, who was upset initially, but let go of the incident as it could have got the spectator into trouble, this could have been avoided had there been more distance between the spectators & the team members.advertisement2. When we were about to leave the Oval after the finals, we were informed by our security manager that a minor incident had taken place with the door of the team bus, this was sorted out & the team bus arrived a little late.3. Our team analyst Mr Tulli left his passport & money at the hotel in his room locker, in Birmingham, our security officer informed the hotel regarding this, only the passport was returned & we were informed there was no money found in the locker. Our security manager had taken up this issue with the security department of the ICC.I hear by submit my report in as unbiased & accurate manner as I can.Regards,Kapill Malhotralast_img read more