A few days when BCCI announced the new ODI captain, Sourav Ganguly told that the selectors were not in favor of split white-ball captaincy and that he had requested Virat Kohli to not step down from the T20 captaincy. In a major development that has come now, Virat Kohli in a press conference revealed that he wasn’t requested by anyone to not step down from the T20 captaincy, and his decision to quit was well received by the board members.
In his own words, “When I approached BCCI about the T20 captaincy, it was received well by them and I was not told to not leave the T20 captaincy“. When Virat made the announcement of stepping from T20 captaincy, it was rumored that the captaincy would have been snatched if Virat would not have stepped down and that the captain announced it in order to avoid the embarrassment.
This comes as a huge contrast to what we have heard about Ganguly’s request to Kohli about staying at the T20 captaincy. Kohli also revealed that the selectors called him one and a half hours ago before the selection committee meet and that the chief selector informed him about the new ODI captain just seconds before ending the call. Virat confirmed that there was no prior communication about the matter.
During the press conference, Kohli stated that the South African tour will be challenging and that it is a great time for them to do something special. India has tasted test series win across all the challenging conditions except in South Africa. The South-African will be without most of their superstars as they have retired now. India is slated to play from the 26th of December and the test series will end on the 1
5th of January. The ODI series is slated to begin on the 19th of January.