Reports Of Kohli- Kumble Rift Came At A Bad:Sunil Gavaskar

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskkar does not attach much importance to the reports of a rift between current India skipper Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble, and said on Wednesday that it was impossible for a captain and coach to always be on the same page on all cricketing issues. "You will never have a situation, where a captain and a coach will always be on the same page. It cannot happen because the coach is invariably somebody who has played in an earlier generation, so their attitude will always be slightly different," Gavaskar said at an event. The legendary opener also feels that coach is one who should have a long-term vision. "I don't think this should be taken seriously, this kind of discussion is in fact healthy. Coach should be somebody who is good for Indian cricket. He should have a vision for Indian cricket which would carry Indian cricket forward for the next 8 to 10 years," PTI quoted Gavaskar as saying. Gavaskar also questioned the veracity of the reports of the alleged rift between Kohli and Kumble. "I'm not sure whether these reports of a rift between Kumble Anders Lee Authentic Jersey and Kohli are true or not but the timing of this is certainly not right. We have got such a big game, which would decide how the Indian team would do in the tournament" he said. "Off days, when there is no cricket happening, are the ones Indian cricket team dreads the most, that is when such reports come out because there is no actual cricket to cover," Gavaskar had his tongue firmly in cheek. The veteran, however, side-stepped the query where he was asked as to how a rift like this should be handled. "It is hard for me to say how it should be resolved. I hope better sense prevails because nobody is bigger than the game and I think Indian cricket has got to be No 1 priority. We can all differ on how that but as long as our heart beats for Indian cricket, I think we should encourage," he said. Gavaskar was all praise for Kumble's track record as a coach. "Kumble has done a very good job as coach. I am simply going by the results and when you go by the results of last year, you can say he has done nothing wrong." Gavaskar hopes that the Cricket Advisory Committee (Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman) would be able to speak to the skipper and coach. "Tendulkar, Ganguly, and Laxman - these three are legends of the game - these three have played with Anil and they will get the respect and will be heard by both Virat and Anil. "These three have nothing but the interest of Indian cricket at heart. In case there's any truth in the matter, I think that should be the way forward." Looking at India's performance in the two warm-up matches, they should be able to defend their Champions Trophy title. "I think India's bowling Men's Premier Reebok Alec Martinez Green Jersey - #27 NHL Los Angeles Kings Salute To Serviceslightly better than batting," said Gavaskar.  Former cricket VVS Laxman on Wednesday backed Indian government's recent stand on India-Pakistan bilateral cricket ties, which stated that a series isn't feasible till cross-border terrorism stops. Sports Minister Vijay Goel had reiterated the government's stand earlier this week and on Wednesday, Laxman expressed his approval of the same. "I think I always enjoyed playing against Pakistan, but it is very important to respect whatever the government's decision is because it is beyond sport at the moment," Laxman said on the sidelines Derrick Williams Womens Jersey of an event. India have not played any bilateral cricket with Pakistan since 2007, although in the winter of 2012-13, Pakistan made a short goodwill tour to India that included three One Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals. On the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan on June 4, Laxman said Pakistan are a very good team but if India play to their potential they would win the contest in Birmingham. "I think Pakistan are a very good team and any match between India and Pakistan will be high-intensity match. The match will be played before a packed Birmingham house, but I am confident, if we play to our potential we will definitely go on to win the game," he said. Laxman also expressed confidence that India would defend the title after an all-round performance in the two practice matches ahead of the main tournament. He applauded the efforts of Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik and insisted Virat Kohli, Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja, were amongst runs too. The 42-year-old also added that the Indian bowlers were outstanding in the warm-up matches.

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