Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly expressed that he did not remove Virat Kohli as Team India’s captain from ODI cricket. The veteran batter’s resignation as Team India captain led to several debates. He stepped down from T20I captaincy following the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Virat Kohli was also removed as the ODI captain later. In 2022, he resigned as the Test skipper, ending his tenure as India’s captain across all formats. Several reports claimed that Kohli wasn’t happy with the BCCI, and there were differences between him and Sourav Ganguly, that led to the former resigning. However, Sourav Ganguly has asserted that he did not remove Virat Kohli from ODI captaincy.
“I didn’t remove Virat from captaincy. I have told you this a lot of times. He was not interested in leading in T20Is. So, after he made that decision, I told him, if you’re not interested in leading in T20Is, it’s better if you step down from entire white-ball cricket. Let there be a white-ball captain and a red-ball captain,” Ganguly said on Dadagiri Unlimited Season 10, a reality show.
Virat Kohli’s captaincy record
Virat Kohli took over as India’s captain in the Test format during the 2014 India tour of Australia. MS Dhoni announced his retirement from the format following the Melbourne Test. Kohli has led India in 68 Test matches, securing 40 wins and 17 losses. He has a win percentage of 58.83 in the format as a captain, the most for an Indian skipper with 20+ Test matches.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has led India in 95 ODI matches. Out of this, they have won 65, lost 27, while one ended in a tie. He has a captaincy win percentage of 68.42 in ODIs. The batter also is the fifth player to lead India in T20Is. Under his leadership, India has won 30 T20Is and has a win record of 60 per cent.