Why it would be wrong to compare Greg Chappell and Anil Kumble episodes

first_imgThe Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble spat was not the first time coach and captain of the Indian team were at loggerheads. The fight between Sourav Ganguly and Greg Chappell was the first such incident before the rift between Kumble and Kohli emerged.Kumble in his statement after a shocking resignation mentioned that he was told by the BCCI on Monday that captain Kohli had “reservations” with his style and about him continuing as head coach. (Also read: Team India to get new head coach before tour of Sri Lanka next month)Kumble was appointed by the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. He was given a one-year contract last June before India’s tour of the West Indies and it expired at the conclusion of the ICC Champions Trophy which Pakistan won after beating India. Incidentally, India play their next series in the West Indies, albeit for different formats.Kumble achieved great success in his tenure despite little previous first-class coaching experience. India’s highest wicket-taker led the team to the top of the Test rankings, after series wins over West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.India won 12 of 17 Tests and lost only one. They won eight of 13 ODIs, and had a shot at defending the Champions Trophy crown.With Kumble gone, there would be an inevitable tendency to compare the way Chappell left, having antagonised the stars of the team. But there is a massive difference: Chappell had infuriated the entire country and had little support from the cricket fraternity while Kumble stepped down with his honour intact.advertisementWATCH VIDEO HEREWhen Kumble joined as coach, many believed that his partnership with captain Kohli would take India to greater heights in coming years. Though the results were clearly visible as India recorded five Test series wins, two ODIs and a T20 International series triumphs. The only failure was India’s 1-0 defeat to West Indies in a two-match T20 series last year.However, captain and the team were not happy with Kumble’s style of coaching and the reports of rift between the duo emerged. Soon BCCI advertised for the post of head coach but Kumble was in advantage of getting a contract extension.Kohli termed the reports of rift as rumours in a press conference ahead of India’s opening Champions Trophy game against Pakistan.The majority of players were in favour of Kumble being removed as most did not get along with him or his style of coaching. It was also learnt that following India’s defeat in the final, Kumble screamed at the players for about 30 minutes which did not do down well with the players in the dressing room.He did not fly out with the team for the limited-overs tour of the West Indies starting on Friday, and instead stayed in London to attend International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings. He is chair of the cricket committee.Reuters Photo GANGULY-CHAPPELL EPISODEThere was another big friction in 2005 when Australia great Greg Chappell was appointed Team India coach after John Wright did not extend his contract. Chappell had a tumultuous two-year tenure which ended in 2007.Chappell pipped the likes of Dav Whatmore, Mohinder Amarnath, Graham Ford, Desmond Haynes, Tom Moody and John Emburey in a highly publicised selection process.It all began during India’s tour of Zimbabwe when out-of-form Ganguly was asked to step down as Team India captain by Chappell to focus on his batting. Before the first Test, Chappell stated that if left to him, he would pick both Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif ahead of Ganguly in the laying XI for the first Test. Irked by this, Ganguly decided to pack his bags and leave the tour. The team director Amitabh Chowdhary, along with Chappell and Dravid, insisted that he continue to play, as the captain leaving the team in the middle of the tour would be disastrous.Chappell sent an email to BCCI, criticising Ganguly for being “mentally and physically unfit” to lead the team. He also stated that Ganguly’s “negative attitude” would hamper India’s development as a unit for the 2007 World Cup. The Aussie coach also accused Ganguly of faking an injury. Several members of the Indian team backed Ganguly during this time and were unhappy with the way the matters were handled by Chappell.However, Ganguly’s remained in and out of the team with Chappell favouring youth before experience. Chappell had alleged that he was a victim of a “racist attack” at the Bhubaneshwar Airport in January 2007.In his autobiography Playing It My Way, Sachin Tendulkar criticised Chappell, calling him a “ringmaster”. Several other players like Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Laxman also criticised the Aussie. While Zaheer called Chappell a “control freak”, Laxman said Chappell took Indian cricket “backwards”.advertisementlast_img read more

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Naomi Judd To Attend K9 Battle Buddies Luncheon

first_imgPhilanthropist Lois Pope and American Humane Association, the country’s first national humane organization, are honored to welcome country music legend Naomi Judd to the special “K-9 Battle Buddies” luncheon on Tuesday, March 17 at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.The special event will pay tribute to brave military dogs and their heroic human handlers. Ms. Judd was awarded American Humane Association’s “Humane Legacy Award” at Mrs. Pope’s 2013 Lady in Red Gala for her lifetime dedication to making the world a better place for the infirm and our most vulnerable.She was first known to the world as half of country music’s mother-daughter duo, The Judds. Reaching unprecedented success throughout the 80’s and 90’s, The Judds sold 20 million records, scored fifteen number-one hits, and received over 60 industry awards, including six Grammys, seven consecutive CMA Vocal Group of the Year awards, and the ACM’s Top Vocal Duet award.Her rise to the top of the country music charts was sadly cut short when she was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, a chronic liver disease, having contracted the disease from an infected needle during her previous career as a registered nurse. Though The Judds retired from the music industry, Ms. Judd did not retreat from the public spotlight, instead becoming the first national spokesperson for the American Liver Foundation. Utilizing her fame and passion to help people, she spread awareness of this potentially fatal disease, helping save untold numbers of lives. In 2004, she published “Naomi’s Breakthrough Guide: 20 Choices to Transform Your Life,” which remained on the New York Times Bestseller list for more than eight weeks. In 2008 “Naomi’s Guide to Aging Gratefully: Facts, Myths, and Good News for Boomers” hit shelves and impressed critics, medical professionals, and fans. In 2012, she hosted a six-week SiriusXM radio series entitled, “Think Twice.”Ms. Judd’s charity work is far-reaching, and includes River Cities Harvest, the Saint Louis University Liver Center, M.A.D.D., Parents Television Council, Make-A-Difference Day, Women’s World Peace Initiative, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and her own July 4th Judd’s Annual Food Drive to benefit families of Appalachia.Over the past few years she has worked extensively with American Humane Association. Last May she went to Capitol Hill to speak at the organization’s congressional briefing on its “Canines and Childhood Cancer” study, which is seeking to quantify the powerful, soothing touch of animal-assisted therapy for children with cancer and their families. Before her rise to the top of the country music charts, Ms. Judd was a nurse and saw first-hand the bond between children and therapy animals. She spoke to a packed room about why this study is so important. She has also served as a celebrity judge and presenter at the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, the annual celebration of the extraordinary things done by mankind’s best friend.“Naomi is the living embodiment of a humanitarian, and we are so honored that she is able to join us in Palm Beach on March 17 for the ‘K-9 Battle Buddies’ luncheon,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association’s president and CEO. “She has dedicated her life to making the world a better place for so many. Her appreciation for our military heroes knows no bounds, and we know that the heroic military dog teams at the luncheon will cherish their time with her.”“I’m honored to be able to call Naomi Judd my friend,” said Mrs. Pope. “She is a living legend, not just because of her considerable achievements in country music, but through her advocacy, philanthropy, and support of so many wonderful causes. Thank you, Naomi, for joining us at the Mar-a-Lago Club for this special luncheon.”Information about the March 17th “K-9 Battle Buddies” gala luncheon can be provided by Jill Nizan at [email protected] or by calling 1-800-227-4645. Jet Paws and Military Freedom sponsorship opportunities are also available.last_img read more

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