Virat Kohli finally broke the silence.
He left the captaincy of the Indian national team in this edition shortly after the T20 World Cup. But did he know that he would have to relinquish the captaincy of the ODI team? Kohli did not even notice that ghunaksareo! The country’s cricket board (BCCI) on Wednesday exploded a ‘bomb’ in addition to announcing India’s Test squad for the tour of South Africa. Apart from T20, Rohit Sharma will also captain the India ODI team.
The debate started. New rumors started about the old rift between Rohit and Kohli and Kohli’s dispute with the board. Kohli, who has been silent about all this for so long, shot an arrow at the press conference today.
An hour and a half before the announcement of the Test squad for the tour of South Africa, Kohli was asked to step down from the ODI captaincy.
On September 17, Kohli announced his resignation from the captaincy of India in the T20 edition. He said that he will leave the leadership of this edition after the T20 World Cup. Since then, the BCCI has not held any talks with Kohli on the captaincy of the ODI team till December 6 (the day the Test squad was announced).
A minute later, the board put out another tweet and boy, did that pick up heat like wildfire. It stated: “The All-India Senior Selection Committee also decided to name Mr. Rohit Sharma as the Captain of the ODI & T20I teams going forward.”
And this is where speculations skyrocketed. BCCI has been known for remaining tight-lipped on decisions and this announcement was no different. It came out of nowhere despite some experts predicting it. Rohit Sharma had taken over the T20I captaincy from Kohli following the culmination of the 2021 T20 World Cup. Kohli had decided to resign from the post to focus on his batting and leading the side in ODIs and Tests. And yet, he was ‘axed’ from the position.
Rumours continued to float all over social media and no one could fathom what had happened. And then, four days later, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly revealed what how the decision was actually taken.
“The chief selector (Chetan Sharma) talked to me about the Test team,” said Kohli. We agree on that. Before placing the phone, he said, I will no longer be the ODI captain. Five selectors have taken the decision together.
BCCI’s decision to remove Kohli from the ODI captaincy was heavily criticized by cricket enthusiasts in India, as his ODI captaincy stats suggested he was by far the best skipper of the team. Giving his take on being removed from captaincy Kohli said, “I was contacted one-and-a-half hour before the Test team was selected. There was no prior communication. The chief selector discussed the Test team. And in the end, I was told that I won’t be the captain and I said it’s fine. After the meeting, we had a brief chat and that’s it”. However, Kohli made sure to convey that he is available for selection in the ODIs and said he has always felt pride in leading the national cricket team.
What was Kohli’s response in response? “I say, ‘OK,'” the Indian Test captain told a news conference. He has not spoken to me about this before. ‘