On the 8th of December, Virat Kohli was annexed as the ODI captain. Speculations arose that Virat wanted to continue as the ODI captain of the team whereas there were reports that Virat was informed about his removal of the captain if he steps down from the test captain. During the Eadda chat with Indian Express, Ravi Shastri was asked about the ODI captain that India should have, to which Ravi replied that there should be one captain for both ODI and T20. According to Ravi, once Virat said he is stepping down from the T20 captain, it was evident that he will be removed from the T20 captaincy too.
Kohli had denied that he was insisted to remain the T20 captain
Ganguly told a leading publication that he insisted Virat not step down from the T20 captaincy. Kohli in his press conference on 15th December revealed that he was never insisted by the board to remain the T20 captaincy. In fact, his decision to drop T20 captaincy was called ‘progressive’ and was received well by the board members, a sharp contrast to what Ganguly had claimed.
Was and is always available for the South African ODI tour – Virat Kohli
Kohli also announced in his press conference that he was and is always available for the ODI leg of the South African tour. There were reports earlier that Virat was upset with ODI captaincy removal and therefore wanted to skip the ODI tour of South Africa.
Ravi Shastri had a great outing with the outing team. In over his 5 years of tenure, India had a winning percentage of close to 70 percent and won the Border-Gavaskar trophy two times in 2019 and 2021. However, the Shastri-Kohli duo was not able to get the ICC trophy for Team India.