Anil Kumble ignores Virat Kohli in his IPL 2019 XI, reveals why

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Sunday, May 12th, 2019 | 0

Anil Kumble caused a bit of controversy after leaving out Virat Kohli from his IPL 2019 playing XI.

The former leg-spinner instead picked Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant ahead of Royal Challengers Bangalore captain.

While Kohli amassed 464 runs in 14 matches, Pant managed 488 runs in 16 games, with Iyer putting up 463 runs in as many games.

So, on what basis did Kumble pick the Delhi Captals duo ahead of Kohli? Pant, for being a left-hander, and Iyer, for scoring most of the runs on a bowler-friendly Delhi wicket, he reasons.

“Iyer is young and has done really well. He has batted in difficult conditions. The Delhi pitch hasn’t been great but he’s led from the front,” he was quoted as saying by CricTracker.

“Was thinking of keeping Virat, Iyer, and Dhoni as No. 3, 4, and 5 but wanted to have a left-hander in the side.

“Therefore, I’m opting for Rishabh Pant. Pant has shown a lot of maturity, scored runs for Delhi Capitals.”

For those unaware, Kohli and Kumble have never been on cordial terms. During the latter’s role as Team India’s coach, the former took objection at his rigid style, resulting in Kumble stepping down from the post after revealing there were ‘reservations’ against him.

Anil Kumble’s XI: David Warner, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Hardik Pandya, Andre Russell, Kagiso Rabada, Shreyas Gopal, Jasprit Bumrah, Imran Tahir.

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