Sourav Ganguly Made A Big Statement On Removing Virat Kohli From ODI Captaincy

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Former Indian skipper and the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sourav Ganguly has finally opened up on the decision to appoint Rohit Sharma as the captain of white-ball format. He has revealed that the decision to replace Virat with Rohit was taken jointly by the board and the selectors as they didn’t want to have different captains for two shorter formats of the game.

Several reports have been making rounds on the internet, hinting at a possible rift between the board and Virat Kohli. There are also reports that state Virat was sacked from the position after he ‘refused’ to step down from the position. However, ending all the speculations, Sourav Ganguly has finally revealed why Virat was removed from the position and also that he personally talked to him about it.

Speaking to ANI, Sourav Ganguly also revealed that the BCCI had earlier requested Virat Kohli to not step down from the captaincy of T20I when the board learned about Virat’s decision but said that he (Virat Kohli) did not agree and went ahead to step down from the position. He revealed:

It’s a call that the BCCI and the selectors took together. Actually, the BCCI had requested Virat to not step down as the T20I skipper but obviously, he did not agree. And the selectors then did not feel it right to have two different captains for two white-ball formats,” 

He added:

So it was decided that Virat will continue as Test captain and Rohit will take over as the white-ball captain. I as President personally spoke to Virat Kohli and the chairman of selectors has also spoken to him,”

Sourav Ganguly Made A Big Statement On Removing Virat Kohli From ODI Captaincy

Further, Sourav Ganguly thanked Virat Kohli for his services in the T20I and ODI format and said that the BCCI has full faith in Rohit’s abilities as a captain. He said:

“We have full faith in Rohit Sharma’s leadership abilities, and Virat will continue as the Test captain. We as BCCI are confident that Indian cricket is in good hands. We thank Virat Kohli for his contributions as captain in the white-ball format,”

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