In a highly anticipated press conference where everyone was keen to listen to Virat Kolhi, the former captain has specified that he is available for the ODI series against South Africa. The team is all set to leave India on Thursday,16th of December. Kohli spoke about many things including the events which happened leading up to the removal of his captaincy, his support to Rohit Sharma’s and Sharma being a ‘very-able captain‘ who takes ‘tactical decisions’, and the emphasis that everything is normal between the two pillars of Indian Cricket.
A reporter asked Kohli in Hindi whether the BCCI told him any reason for his sacking, to which Kolhi replied, where BCCI was coming from and that he agrees with their decision-making. In his own words, “Obviously, we have not won an ICC tournament. Reasons I can understand. There was no debate whether the decision (of removing him from ODI captaincy) was right or not. The decision taken by the BCCI was from a logical point of view which is very understandable. The events about how the communication happened I have already told you”
Kohli has enjoyed a magnificent captaincy record, winning 15 out of 19 bilateral series for India, and a total of 65 matches from 95, a winning percentage of 70.43. Earlier, Ravi Shastri pointed out that his biggest regret would be not winning the ICC tournament. The team under Kohli and Shastri though have achieved some significant landmarks like winning their maiden series down under, beating them again in 2021, reaching the world test championship final.
Kohli now can look forward to being the dominant batsman in the ODI format that he was always known for. His form has dipped away in the last couple of years. India will be eyeing the 2022 T20 World Cup and 2023 50 over World cup in India and Kolhi will play a crucial part in the team.