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Is Anil Kumble leaking ‘secret’ information to the media?

5 international players who never played the Champions Trophy

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli hints about Indian playing XI ahead of the Pakistan game

Virat Kohli want Anil Kumble sacked as India

Does Virat Kohli want Anil Kumble sacked as India coach? Does Kohli want Kumble to be replaced by Ravi Shastri?

As controversy rages over the relationship between India’s captain and coach, reports have indicated that the legendary spinner deliberately leaked ‘secret’ information to the media on a private Whatsapp group.

With the last date to apply for the top post fast approaching (May 31), there is great opacity on the status of new candidates for the job.

Kumble had replaced Shastri as head coach before last year’s overseas series against the West Indies.

It is now believed that top BCCI officials have been told by some senior Team India members that Kumble has been relaying “one-on-one” talks with players to a selection of the media.

“We’ve been told that there is a WhatsApp group created by Kumble of his few trusted media friends and few confidential talks between him and senior players were leaked through that,” the BCCI official was quoted as saying by DNA.

The situation is supposed to have reached its nadir during the Test series against Australia when Kohli rejected Kumble’s suggestion to include Chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav for the third Test in Ranchi. Once Kohli was ruled out of the fourth Test at Dharamsala, Kumble is rumoured to have forced stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane to select Kuldeep.

The BCCI is supposedly already considering Virender Sehwag and India’s U-19 coach Rahul Dravid as replacements for Kumble.

“Kohli and Kumble are both strong personalities and Indian cricket fans would certainly not want a situation like the old,” the official added, hinting at the tumultuous coaching reign of Greg Chappell.

“COA’s Vinod Rai is visiting London during the course of Champions Trophy and it is believed that he would speak to all the parties involved, including the CAC before the final interviews on June 5 and 6. If no solution is found then expect a new coach on June 10,” the source added.

5 international players who never played the Champions Trophy

The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is just a few days away and all the teams are gearing up for the much-awaited tournament.

The competition began way back in 1998 when it was called the ICC Knockout Trophy. The name was changed in 2002 and ever since, it is known as the Champions Trophy with the top 8 teams of the world taking on each other to lift the coveted title.

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Although the best in the business lock horns against each other, there have been some prolific international cricketers who were never fortunate enough to play the tournament despite being among the finest to have represented their respective teams.

The reasons behind players of such high pedigree missing out can be attributed to them playing lesser limited-overs cricket or specialists in the shorter formats being preferred over them. Let’s take a look at some of those unfortunate players.

#1 Justin Langer  

Justin Langer is easily one of the finest openers to have represented Australia in international cricket. The southpaw donned the Australian jersey in 105 Tests in a career spanning over 14 years and scored more than 7000 runs at an average of just over 45.

Langer, together with fellow opener Matthew Hayden formed a great partnership and they were the most formidable Test opening pair in the early 2000s.

However, the Aussie’s ODI career lasted just 8 matches in which he could only manage 160 runs without a single half-century. This is why he did not get to play in the Champions Trophy despite being a big name in Australian cricket.

Also, he is perhaps the only batsman from the golden era of Australian cricket who has not even played for his team at the World Cup.

#2 Chris Martin

New Zealand’s Chris Martin was commonly known for his ability to bowl nagging line and lengths at moderate pace with a bit of seam movement to pry batsmen out.

At the end of his career, Martin finished as the third highest wicket-taker for New Zealand in Test with a total of 231 wickets at an average of 33.81. After boasting of such a record in international cricket, it was surprising that a bowler of his caliber never played the Champions Trophy.

But he also has the second most number of ducks in the history of Test cricket. In 104 innings, Martin suffered 36 ducks!

However, he featured in only 20 ODI matches in a career of 13 years, which is why a Champions Trophy spot was never given to the Test specialist.

He was rarely on the selectors’ radar for the 50-over format. The closest Martin came to participating in a World Cup was in the 2007 edition when he replaced an injured Daryl Tuffey in the squad but did not get a game to play.

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli hints about Indian playing XI ahead of the Pakistan game

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What’s the story?

After beating Bangladesh by 240 runs in the second warm-up game, skipper Virat Kohli gave a hint about India’s possible playing combination ahead of their first match of the 2017 Champions Trophy against their arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4.

Kohli praised Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav for their performances against Bangladesh and conceded that the team management is backing both these batsmen to do the job in the death overs, which means Hardik is certain to be in the playing XI.

He also admitted that they wanted to give Dinesh Karthik an extended run before the tournament and was happy with the way he batted against the Shakib-al-Hasan-led side.

When asked about the performance of the Indian batsmen in the post-match presentation, Kohli said, ”I am very pleased with the performance of our players. We got what we wanted in both the games. We back KedarJadhav and Hardik Pandya to do it for us down the order. Hardik was outstanding. Jadeja also played with composure. Dinesh is an outstanding player. We just wanted to give him an extended run. ”

Extra cover: India vs Bangladesh warm-up, 5 talking points

In case you didn’t know…

Earlier today, India beat Bangladesh by 240 runs, thanks to fifties from Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik backed up some fiery spell of fast bowling by the pacers. India scored 324 for the loss of seven wickets and in reply, Bangladesh were bundled out for just 84 runs.

Details

Virat Kohli is set to have some selection headaches going into the main tournament as all the four front-line fast bowlers look threatening. With Hardik set to play, it is likely that he will be taking the no. 7 spot and this means that there are just four spots left in the XI for which six frontline bowlers will be competing.

It is certain that Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja will feature in the playing XI. This makes R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami fight for the remaining two spots.

Extra cover: India’s probable playing XI

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