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Kohli confirms Vettori approach

Wisden India Wisden India 12/05/2016 Wisden India staff

© Provided by Wisden Virat Kohli admitted on Thursday (May 12) that he had spoken to Daniel Vettori about a potential India coaching job, but added that that interaction had taken place a while back and expressed surprise at how it has become a talking point now suddenly.

The Indian Test captain was speaking during a function got together in Bangalore to announce a nationwide talent hunt to scout budding futsal talent in India.

Kohli, the league ambassador of Premier Futsal, was at the event alongside Falcao, the former Brazilian footballer who is a four-time world best futsal player.

“I don’t see it as a controversy at all,” Kohli said of Vettori’s name being linked to the India coach’s role.

“See, all these things do come up when there is a scenario when you have to appoint someone (coach).

I don’t know how it has come out now, I had spoken to him a while back.

We have spoken to a few other people as well and everyone knows about it. I can’t say anything more about it because I don’t know what has come out now.”

When Kohli was questioned on who the other people were that had been spoken to, he countered, “You guys seem to know more about it, so I will wait for your verdict on that.”

Vettori is the coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise in the Indian Premier League and has struck up an excellent working relationship with Kohli, the captain of the side, even though Bangalore are languishing at sixth position in the eight-team league after slumping to their sixth loss in 10 matches this season.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the former New Zealand captain and left-arm spinner was also in the hunt to become India’s next coach, a post that has remained vacant following the tour of England in 2014, which was Duncan Fletcher’s last assignment.

Midway through the England tour, before the start of the limited-overs internationals leg, the Board of Control for Cricket in India had appointed Ravi Shastri as the team director, and B Arun, Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar as assistant coaches.

The terms of all four ended at the conclusion of the World T20 last month, and with India having a packed international calendar starting with a limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe in June, the exercise to button down the coaching staff is expected to begin in right earnest soon.

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