Just a day after India’s Test captain Virat Kohli made some major revelations about BCCI sacking him from ODI captaincy & BCCI’s take on Virat’s decision of leaving T20I captaincy, the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly refused to comment on the matter by saying the board will deal with it.
Meanwhile, team India has reached Johannesburg ahead of the three-match test & ODI series against South Africa. Virat Kohli conducted a press conference just a day before leaving for South Africa & cleared the air over his participation in South Africa ODIs. He also clarified that there are no rifts between him & Rohit Sharma. He went ahead & made some shocking revelations about being sacked from ODI captaincy & BCCI’s reaction to his decision to leave T20I Captaincy.
Virat said that he was never asked to stay as T20I captain when he made his intentions clear on resigning from the post. This was completely contradictory to Ganguly’s statement. When Ganguly was asked why the board has decided to remove Virat Kohli from ODI captaincy, he replied that selectors were not finding it ideal to have two captains for white-ball cricket & the board had insisted Virat Kohli not leave T20I captaincy but he didn’t agree to it.
Now after Virat’s controversial press conference. Ganguly said, “No statements, no press conference. We will deal with it, leave it to (the) BCCI”.
There were talks of BCCI asking the chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma to address the media after Kohli’s explosive press conference but the Board eventually refrained from making any counter statements.
Virat Kohli’s comments on Wednesday brought to fore the underlying tension between him & the BCCI.
“Whatever was said about the communication that happened about the decision that was made was inaccurate,” Kohli had said with obvious reference to Ganguly’s statement.
“When I left the T20 captaincy, I had first approached BCCI and intimated them of my decision and laid down my point of view in front of them (office bearers). I gave the reasons why I wanted to quit T20 captaincy and my viewpoint was received very nicely. There was no offense, no hesitation, and not for once was I told that ‘you should not leave T20 captaincy’,” Virat Kohli had asserted.
Virat Kohli also rubbished all the rumors of him missing the SA ODI series by stating that he was & will be available for selection all the time. He also said that the reports & sources writing such stories are fake & incredible. During the Press Conference, he also emphasized the fact that there are no rifts between him & Rohit Sharma.
India tour of South Africa will begin on December 26 with the opening test of the three-match test series against South Africa. India is scheduled to play three tests & three ODIs on their South Africa tour starting from December 26 to 3rd January.
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