In what could be termed as the most explosive revelation in the Ganguly – Kohli captaincy debacle, now the chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma has come forth to put his own opinion. Chetan Sharma said that Virat Kohli was indeed requested to not step down from the T20 captaincy. Sharma revealed that when the request came in from Virat on the eve of the T20 World Cup, everyone was shocked and surprised and that he was requested to continue for the ‘sake of Indian Cricket’.
While Kohli vehemently denied that he wasn’t requested by anyone to continue as the captain, the revelations by Chetan Sharma have now put more contradictions in Kohli’s version. Earlier, Ganguly had told a leading publication that he requested the captain then personally to not quit.
On things between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli
Chetan Sharma said that there is nothing wrong between the two as speculated in the media circles. Before the departure of the Indian team to South Africa, there were reports of Kohli wanting to skip the ODI tour. This was assumed as a way of retaliation for his removal of ODI captaincy, which according to Kohli was ‘logical’ since he has not won the ICC tournament in his tenure.
Just a couple of days before boarding a flight to South Africa, news emerged that Rohit Sharma got injured in the thumb by a specialist throw down. However, eyebrows were raised when it was revealed that the new ODI captain will be rested as he has pulled his left hamstring.
Will deal with it: Sourav Ganguly
After Kohli’s Press Conference where he denied any request from Board to continue as the captain, Sourav Ganguly was asked by the press about the matter, to which the BCCI chief replied that “Will deal will it”. Now Chetan Sharma has said “We don’t want to hide anything,” he said. “Those who do something wrong usually hide things. We’re not hiding anything”
It will be hard to know who is actually saying the truth on the matter. But considering both versions of Kohli and Ganguly, the contradictions out in the public will only dent Indian Cricket and BCCI.