Ramchandra Guha says Kumble-Kohli Incident Similar to Mankad-Nayudu Rift

Anil Kumble had resigned from India's head coach post after a spat with Virat Kohli.

Ramchandra Guha

Indian cricket has seen many spats because of ego. The recent one was between Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli. It turned ugly and eventually, Kumble resigned from his post of India's head coach, citing difference with Kohli.

Kumble had posted a heartfelt message on his Twitter account. The Indian skipper clearly didn't like it a bit and lashed out at Kumble for making private affair public.

Former COA member Ramachandra Guha has compared this incident with the clash between then India's captain Vinoo Mankad and chief selector CK Nayudu in 1952.

"I resigned from the Committee of Administrators six months ago and this is for the first time that I am commenting in public on cricket. There is a story about massive dispute between Col CK Nayudu and Vinoo Mankad," Guha spoke during a function at the Bombay Gymkhana.

Vinoo Mankad and CK Nayudu

"So essentially Nayudu was the chairman of selectors and Mankad was India's great cricketer. India was touring England in 1952 and Mankad had been offered a contract with Lancashire League," the eminent historian recollected.

"So when Mankad told the BCCI that if you assure me that I will be on the England tour of 1952 I will not take this contract. To which Nayudu said we will not give you an assurance. India lost the first Test and Mankad played in Lords."

Although India lost the Lord's Test, he scored 72 and 184 along with figures of 5/196 in the England first innings. 

"My one point on cricket today it struck me is that the relationship between Nayudu and Mankad in 1951-52 was akin between Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli."

On a cheeky note, Mankad said that in 50's it were the administrators, who had upper hand while nowadays it's the players, who rule the roost.

"With this difference, in 1952, the administrators, selectors and managers had an upperhand compared to the players. Abhi ulta hai (now it is opposite)." 

(With PTI inputs)


By Sihyeu Singh - 16 Dec, 2017

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