The removal of Virat Kohli as the ODI captain was the biggest upheaval that Indian Cricket has faced after the stepping down of Anil Kumble owing to rifts between him and then captain Virat Kohli. There have been contradictory statements by Kohli and Ganguly in the public domain and the former coach Ravi Shastri believes that the matter should have been handled wisely behind closed doors.
Speaking to IndianExpress, the former coach said “You got to know the sequence of events. We are not privy to it. What is the actual communication, what was asked, what was not asked, what context it was asked and what was the answer given? So these are things that we don’t know”
“Instead of it (Kohli Ganguly) being out in the public domain, it can be handled in much better fashion. So if you look at things as it stands now, all it needs is little more communication “
There were reports that Virat Kohli wanted to stay the ODI captain, at least till the 2023 World Cup, and was upset that the selection committee did not discuss the matter comprehensively with him. News started circulating that Virat wanted to skip the ODI tour of SA as a way of showing some sort of retaliation which didn’t go down well with the BCCI. So much was the uproar that a press conference had to be called in where Kohli clearly confirmed that he is and was available for the Sa tour from the start.
Kohli denied that he was requested by BCCI to remain as the T20 captain whereas Ganguly told to a leading publication that he asked Kohli for it. For removing Kohli, Ganguly said that it was the decision of the selection committee as they were not in favour of two captains in the shorter format of the game.
Cant be two captains in shorter formats – Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri strongly agreed that there can be only one captain in the white-ball format for India and that Rohit Sharma is the best choice since he is already the T20 captain. When asked about the best captain for India in the test side, Ravi Shastri said ‘Virat Kohli without a shadow of a doubt.’ “Look at what he has done. He has been the ambassador of sports for test cricket like no one else. And if you go by results, who is close to him? I don’t see any captain in the world who leads with that kind of passion. And is there for everyone to see”
India and South Africa will lock horns in three tests and three ODIs. The test series will start from the 26th of December whereas the ODI series will be played from the 19th of January.