The Indian cricket leadership debate is likely to continue for some time. Earlier this month, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sacked Virat Kohli as ODI captain and replaced him with Rohit Sharma. Sourav Ganguly, President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), made a personal plea to Kohli not to resign as T20I captain after the T20 World Cup in 2021. However, the ex-Indian skipper wanted to step down and focus on playing better live cricket.
Due to his refusal to do so, the experienced cricketer was removed from his position as ODI captain and a new white-ball skipper was chosen in his place. Even more outlandish assertions were made by Kohli in a news conference before he left for South Africa. However, now King Kohli will be out to perform with the cricket bat and make a statement.
According to him, no such request was ever made by Ganguly. He was told of the decision only 90 minutes before the December 8 selection meeting by the panel of selectors. According to former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar, the whole ordeal was “unfortunate”. This is not the first time that Ganguly has been called out by him for advocating for selectors.
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“The whole situation is regrettable. The cricket board should have handled it better, in my opinion. The fact is that Ganguly was not authorized to speak on behalf of the selection committee in any way. the chairman of the selection committee should be the one to address any concerns regarding captaincy or selection in general,” Dilip Vengsarkar told Khaleej Times.
It was also claimed by Vengsarkar that Kohli would have been hurt by the BCCI’s handling of the incident. It was evident that Virat wanted to convey his point to Ganguly. The selection committee chairman and the captain, in my opinion, should have been involved. According to a former Indian selector, “Ganguly has no authority at all when it comes to selecting or removing a captain from the team.
Indeed, things are about to become better. You have to admire and appreciate Kohli for everything that he has accomplished for India and Indian cricket. How they treated him, must have wounded him. It was a terrible experience.” he said.
The Result Of The First Test Match Justifies The Claim By The Former Indian Cricketer As To Why Virat Kohli Still Has It With Regards To Captaincy
Team India dominated the first game against South Africa, securing a 100+ run win and took a 1-0 lead in the series. They won the match by 113 runs and this made a huge statement right at the start of their tour of the Proteas. Such a positive start from the team in the longest format of the game, means that the fans would love what they have showcased so far and will want more of the same.
There were some doubts whether there was a rift in the dressing room, after King Kohli stepped down as the skipper in the T20 and ODI formats. However, that does not seem to be the case, as confirmed by this recent performance. The level of cricket played by the Indian side, totally outclassed their opponents.
They were doing everything right and the home side had no answer to their performance. It was a really dominant performance, which showcased the quality of this Indian side. Though the batting did waver a bit, the bowling did its part and got the desired result.
There will still be a few things that skipper Virat Kohli would like to address before the second game. However, there will be many positives to take back from this emphatic win, which could be part of a historic series win if the visitors continue to play the same way that they did in the opening game of the series.
Let’s wait and watch how the team performs in the upcoming matches. These games would be crucial for the World Test Championship, the final of which Team India lost to New Zealand. Virat Kohli and co. will want to rectify that mistake and lift the title this time in style.