Some of teammates considered Anil Kumble “strict” but not me: Saha

Vastavam web: Some of his teammates may have considered Anil Kumble “strict” but India’s Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha never felt that about the former coach, who quit after a bitter fallout with skipper Virat Kohli.Kumble was forced to resign in June this year, after difference of opinion with Kohli. Kumble, a former captain, had gone to the extent of calling his relationship with Kohli “untenable”.”I did not feel that (strict) way. As a coach, he had to be strict in some way or the other. Some have felt he is strict, some have not. I have never felt that way under Anil bhai,” Saha told reporters today on his return from Sri Lanka, where he was a part of the team that won 3-0 in the recently-concluded series.

“Ravi bhai, on the other hand, always tells us to go for the kill. Go out there and hit the opponent out of the park.This is the only difference I could see. Rest, both spoke positive stuff. When Ravi bhai was director, he was aggressive. In his new stint, he seems to have become more involved,” said the 32-year-old.Saha, on his part, also praised skipper Kohli, who remains involved with the players even off the field.”Their temperament was weak from the batting point of view, which helped us. One session they held fort but we knew they would run out of patience in the next session, that helped,” he said.

He is not ready to look too far ahead and skirted queries on the home Test series against Sri Lanka, where he would again don the India whites.”That is still three months away. They will prepare well and we have to hold on to our form.””It’s great that Shami is continuing to be aggressive after coming back from injury. It is good for him and the team. He always creates a wicket-taking opportunity