It is now Virat Kohli vs Sourav Ganguly, and it would be interesting to decipher what the party communicated to each other in the events leading up to the announcement of the India test squad for the marquee South Africa tour where it was also announced that Virat Kohli would no longer be captaining India in the ODIs.
According to a report by a leading news channel, BCCI claims that the decision to remove Virat was not of a single board member but rather a ‘collective decision’. BCCI also pointed out that the former captain was kept in the loop. According to the report, the BCCI official said, “Virat Kohli can’t say that we didn’t keep him in the loop. We spoke to Virat in Sept and asked him not to quit the T20 captaincy. “
Virat Kohli in this press conference confirmed that he was not requested by the BCCI board members to continue with the T20 captaincy. The former captain with a winning percentage of nearly 70 also said that he was and is available for the ODI series against South Africa.
Kohli also revealed that his decision to leave the T20 captaincy was received well by the BCCI members, a full contrast to Sourav Ganguly’ statements a few days ago that he had requested Kohli to not step down from the T20 captaincy. Before the start of the T20 World cup, Kohli announced that he would step down from his T20 captaincy after World Cup. India exited the World cup without entering the semis and since then there were speculations about the matter of time when the ODI captaincy would be taken away from Kohli.
Kohli in the press conference confirmed that the decision to remove him from captaincy was probably because of India’s inability to with the ICC tournaments on four occasions in the 2017 Champions trophy final, 2019 World Cup, 2021 WTC final, and 2021 T20 World Cup.