"We have created a culture over the last three, four years that whatever happens in the changing room, we've tried to maintain the sanctity of the changing room throughout", he said.
"I have total respect for Anil bhai as a cricketer and what he has achieved for the nation (It took exactly a year for Sir to become bhai). There's no taking away that aspect of him at all and we respect him totally".
"That is what the whole team believes in".
Even Kohli knows that well and with BCCI top brass backing him on the Kumble issue, the margin for error is very little for the Indian captain.
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Kohli had played down reports of discord during the eight-team global tournament but Kumble's statement earlier this week meant all eyes were on the skipper as he spoke at his media conference ahead of the ODI series against West Indies.
Kohli, now leading India's West Indies tour, said on Thursday that dressing room matters should be "sacred and private". He also led by example and that earned him respect from his team members. The present bunch of youngsters including Kohli for whom money is above national pride was not comfortable with their head coach and Kumble was not one who could take this nonsense for long. Apparently, Kohli felt that the captain should be paid extra for the added responsibilities and Kumble was against his opinion.
Kumble said that although the BCCI had, several times, attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between him and the captain, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and therefore, he had made a decision to move on.
"His point of view is out there and we respect that decision".
The rumors said that Virat Kohli was not happy with the coaching style of Kumble.
According to India Express, A BCCI spokesperson revealed that CAC will not consult the team or captain while selecting the next coach.