Unreasonably targeted Virat Kohli in Kumble controversy: Anurag Thakur

Vastavam web: Virat Kohli is being “unreasonably targeted” for Anil Kumble’s resignation as India’s chief cricket coach, feels former BCCI President Anurag Thakur, who said the current Board set-up should answer for the unsavoury episode. Kumble stepped down at the end of the Champions Trophy earlier this month after acknowledging a rift with skipper Kohli, who has refused to divulge just what led to the fallout. Thakur had to quit as Board President after being ordered by the Supreme Court. The Lok Sabha MP, now heading the Himachal Pradesh Olympic Committee, said BCCI under him would have handled the situation better than the current set-up.

“The previous BCCI set-up was more adept at handling such situations. People should give the Board credit that it honored the Cricket Advisory Committee’s recommendation but also gave Kumble only a one-year contract so that the Board was free to take a call if there were to be any problems,” he explained.”We never allowed such things to be leaked. When Kumble was offered a one-year contract, nobody said that they had any objection to it,” he said.