Exclusive: Will Anil Kumble’s exit hurt Team India? Abhinav Bindra says only time will tell

first_imgWhen Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli’s reservations over coach Anil Kumble’s ‘overbearing’ working style came to light, Olympic legend Abhinav Bindra had tweeted his perspective, giving Kohli something to chew over.”My biggest teacher was coach Uwe.I hated him!But stuck with him for 20 years.He always told me things I did not want to hear.#justsaying,” read the Abhinav Bindra tweet. The sentiment of Bindra’s opinion did not find favour with Kohli and with the captain-coach duo failing to resolve their differences, Kohli had his way. Kumble had to move on.My biggest teachers was coach Uwe.I hated him!But stuck with him for 20 years.He always told me things I did not want to hear.#justsaying- Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) June 20, 2017Reflecting on the episode, does Bindra now think, it’s a decision Indian cricket will regret? “I don’t know. Time will only tell. I just put my point forward. It doesn’t mean others have to follow it. Just my experience that I shared,” he tells India Today.India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist, Bindra’s punishing regimen for excellence under the guidance of his German coach Uwe Riesterer is a stuff of legend. But Bindra adds he is no one to sit in judgement over this famous fall out in Indian cricket, one he doesn’t know everything about.”There is no right or wrong. In sport it cannot be black or white. There is a lot of grey area in sport. Especially when it deals with performance. So I don’t know what the intricacies of the matter were. So it’s (my opinion) just another way. And there are several ways to succeed,” he says.advertisementOne way or the other with stiffer overseas challenges ahead for Indian cricket, the results in coming years may become a case study for Indian sport. Kohli having stood by his stand, would know the risk he has taken.last_img read more