Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar feels too much should not be read into the alleged rift between skipper Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble, explaining that since both are from different generations, their thinking obviously cannot be on the same line.
Gavaskar feels that the coach is someone 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," Gavaskar was quoted as saying in a PTI report.
On the alleged rift between Kohli and Kumble, Sunny responded, "I'm not sure whether these reports of a rift between Kumble 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.”
"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 was quoted as saying in a NDTV report.
When asked how such a rift should be handled, Gavaskar however played it safe. "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.
--By A Cricket Correspondent