Irfan Pathan invites Anil Kumble home, treats former coach to biryani

first_imgIrfan Pathan played host to former India coach Anil Kumble and the two bonded over vegetarian biryani.Kumble stepped down as India coach immediately after the Champions Trophy over differences with skipper Virat Kohli. Several players in the Indian team were unhappy with Kumble’s headmasterly conduct and overbearing attitude.Besides, the communication between Kohli and Kumble had completely broken down over the past few months.Enjoyed the food buddy! Biryani was special!! Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) August 3, 2017It was great having u at home @anilkumble1074 bhai…hope u liked the amateur veg food #love n #respect Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 3, 2017The Cricket Advisory Committee and the Committee of Administrators tried to mediate and broker piece between Kohli and Kumble but the latter’s decision to reprimand the players after a crushing defeat to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final was the last straw in an already strained relationship.Kumble was replaced by former team director Ravi Shastri in July. The team is currently in Sri Lanka for a full-fledged tour and is leads the three-Test series 2-1 following a 304-run victory at Galle. India finished day one of the second Test in Colombo at 344/3 after fine hundreds from Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.The Indian dressing-room also looked a lot happier with Shastri back at the helm of the coaching staff. The players had appeared a little stiff around the end of Kumble’s tenure and it was clear he was not the most popular man in the dressing-room.advertisementHowever, that did not stop Irfan from inviting Kumble and treating him to his culinary skills. The Baroda all-rounder had made his Test debut in 2003 in Australia under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy.Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, as members of the CAC, had appointed Kumble last year and were again tasked with finding his replacement.last_img

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