There will lot of clarifications asked from Virat Kolhi on the 15th December. The former captain will hold a mandatory pre-tour conference at 1 p.m.in the wake of a turmoil that has drawn sharp responses from all sections of the cricketing fraternity. From Mohammad Azharuddin, Kirti Azad to Sunil Gavaskar, the former cricketers have opined about the controversy of Virat wanting to skip the ODIs.
Now Pakistani ex-cricketer Salman Butt has said that everyone knows why Kohli has pulled out of the ODI tour. Speaking on his youtube channel, the former player said, “Birthdays are no reason to skip the national duties. The birthday can be celebrated earlier or later also. These are all silly reasons. I don’t think it is the real reason of Kohli wanting to skip the ODI tour of South Africa.”
It all began on the 8th of December when the BCCI announced the test squad of the Indian team. While the news was welcomed, what surprised the fans was the below text that said Rohit Sharma has been appointed as the ODI captain from now on.
Many fans believe that Kohli was not given an honorable exit from captaincy. With an enviable winning percentage of 70.43 in ODIs, fans believed that Kohli was snubbed and that he deserved better. Virat stepped down the T20 captaincy after the World Cup but stated that he will continue to captain in the other formats of the game. The former Pakistani captain also believed that Kohli and Sharma not playing together would be a huge blow for Team India as the two are the main pillars of the Indian team.
India and South Africa are to lock horns with each other from the 26th of December. The team is set to depart on 16th of December. India will be looking to eye their first test series win on South African soil.