Virat Kohli had rubbished the rift between former India coach and him before their first game against Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy 2017. “There are no issues whatsoever, Kohli was clear. “See, there has been a lot of speculation, and a lot of things being written by people without actually being a part of the changing room, which is very strange. There are no problems whatsoever. However, situation worsened towards the conclusion of the ICC event, and Anil Kumble eventually stepped down from the position. On the same day, Kumble, in his tweet, cleared the matter stating, Post this intimation, I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my style and about my continuing as the Head Coach.

All the same, Kohli had no respite on it either, answering media s never-ending questions. Obviously Anil-bhai has expressed his views and he has taken a decision to step out and we will respect that decision, Kohli said ahead of India s first of five-ODI series against West Indies. We have created a culture over the last 3-4 years that whatever happens in the change room, we have tried to maintain the sanctity of the change room throughout. That is what the whole team believes in. For us that is paramount.

Amidst this, a lot of speculations, allegations, accusations have been made, but there was no conclusions whatsoever.

In an interview with ESPNcricinfo s Nagraj Gollapudi, a BCCI insider said, After the final he gave a big dressing-down to the player. There is a time for everything. Team has just lost. They are down. You come and [give the dressing down].

Kumble had accepted to travel to the West Indies, but that was subject to resolving the differences, he further added. However, reports had said that the reason Kumble stayed back in London is to participate, as chairman of the cricket committee, in ICC s chief executives committee meeting.

Kumble was scheduled to land on Thursday and a room was booked for him in Trinidad, too.

He said the CAC met Virat and did not meet me [Kumble], so I am the guy who is right, the official said when Kumble told BCCI that CAC did not want to meet him.

The official believes that the last word belongs to the captain than coach. In the cricket construct it is the captain who takes the credit and the flak. Everybody else plays the supporting role. But Kumble wanted due credit.

Both Kumble and Kohli are never shy of expressing their opinions. One undoubtedly was India s great and one is a great in the making. There is no cricketing difference between the two. It has been a personality clash, the official added.