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“It’s A Call That The BCCI And The Selectors Took Together” – Sourav Ganguly On Sacking Virat Kohli As ODI Captain

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The BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has finally broken his silence on sacking Virat Kohli as ODI captain, saying that it was a decision BCCI and the selectors took together. Incidentally, Rohit Sharma has been appointed as the new captain in the 50-overs format.

Rohit was appointed as India’s captain in the shorter formats after Virat Kohli relinquished his duties after the T20 World Cup. However, Kohli had expressed his desire to lead the country in the ODIs until the 2023 ODI World Cup.

Reacting to the same, Sourav Ganguly stated that they wanted Virat Kohli to continue as the T20I captain; however, he refused. The decision to appoint Rohit Sharma as ODI captain was just an aftermath of the decision as the board wanted a uniform leader in the white-ball format.

“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,” as quoted by ANI. 

“We have full faith in Rohit Sharma’s leadership abilities” – Sourav Ganguly

The former India captain also expressed his gratitude towards Kohli for his contributions as India’s limited-overs captain. Sourav Ganguly also asserted that they have full faith in Rohit Sharma’s leadership abilities.

“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,” Ganguly 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,” he concluded. 

However, Virat Kohli will continue to lead India in the red-ball format of the game.


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