While speaking at a press conference discussing the upcoming India tour of South Africa, Virat Kohli, the Indian test captain, addressed several topics that had been circulating for some time. In addition to discussing India’s preparations and possibilities against South Africa, he spoke about the process through which he was relieved of the ODI leadership in the first place. Another debate has erupted as a result of his explanation. Cricket news will focus on all the latest updates regarding this series.
Kohli also said that the decision to stand down from the T20I leadership was taken with the BCCI being kept informed throughout the process. It was impacting his performances, to an extent, with the cricket bat. In response to this question, a representative from the BCCI expressed a different point of view. The BCCI has made it clear that they have asked Kohli not to stand down and to remain as the captain in the shortest format of the sport.
The comment made by the BCCI official who spoke to a media outlet about the situation
“Virat Kohli cannot claim that we did not bring him up to date on everything. In September, we talked with Virat Kohli and encouraged him to reconsider his decision to step down as T20 captain. As soon as Virat quit the T20 leadership on his own, it became impossible to have two white ball captains in the same team. On the morning of the meeting, Chetan Sharma informed Virat about the One-Day International captaincy,” a BCCI official told India Today.
The BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly, had said that the board of directors had requested him not to stand down from his post. Kohli, on the other hand, claims that the BCCI was supportive of his choice to resign from the team.
No one told me that I should not step down as captain of the Twenty20 International team: Virat Kohli
During the press conference, Kohli said that no one had prevented him from resigning as captain of the team. “When I initially talked with the BCCI about my intention to step down as T20I captain, I informed them that this is my point of view and that these are the grounds for my decision. It was favourably accepted by them. No one took offence, and no one expressed any reluctance. It was never mentioned to me that I should not step down as T20I captain,” Kohli said
King Kohli went on to say that he want to continue as the captain of the Indian team in one-day internationals and Test matches and that he had informed his wishes to the BCCI. Earlier this month, Ganguly said that he talked with Kohli and informed him of the BCCI’s decision to choose Rohit Sharma as the new captain of the One-Day International team. There is still some controversy surrounding the call and the media are surely talking about it.
What next with regards to the whole situation about the leadership for Team India?
The Indian team has had a change in leadership, with regards to the shorter formats of the game. However, Virat Kohli will now want to make his mark on the longer format of the game. He is still in charge of this Indian team and will want to lead the side on his own terms.
He will have a host of young talents to back and push forward, in this upcoming series against the Proteas. This will be a crucial historic series, as the Indian side has not won a Test series in South Africa so far, as confirmed by former Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri.
With that being said, the goal will be quite simple and with the form that the Indian team is in right now, it will just be to ensure that they win the series. This Indian side has a different type of click to it and they will want to take no prisoners. Their aim will be to get the big win and ensure that the level of performances do not drop.
If that happens, it will be quite tough to beat them, as they have already shown in Australia and England. Let’s wait and watch how things develop now.