The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has opened up on Rohit Sharma replacing Virat Kohli as One Day Internationals (ODI) captain and said that there can’t be two white-ball captains in the Indian Men’s cricket team.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) senior selection committee on Wednesday made a big announcement regarding Rohit Sharma getting a leadership role in all three formats of the game. Rohit was given the permanent ODI captaincy and was made vice-captain in Test cricket, also he was previously appointed as T20I captain after Virat stepped down from his role following the T20 World Cup 2021.
Ganguly talking about the big captaincy change in Indian cricket said that they had requested Kohli not to quit the T20I captaincy but he did not agree and selectors didn’t want to have two white-ball captains. He stated:
“We had requested Virat not to step down as T20I captain but he didn’t want to continue as captain. So, the selectors felt that they cannot have two white-ball captains in two white-ball formats. That’s too much of leadership.”
“I don’t know (about confusion) but that’s what they (selectors) felt. That’s how this conclusion was arrived at – that let Rohit captain in white-ball and let Virat be the red-ball skipper,” he added.
I Have Spoken To Virat Personally And Chairman Of Selectors Chetan Sharma Also Spoke To Him – Sourav Ganguly
The BCCI president further said that they did consider Kohli’s outstanding record as ODI captain but Rohit has also done a good job for India whenever he led the team. Also, Ganguly revealed that he himself and chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma spoke to Kohli before the decision was made. He elaborated:
“We did consider that (Kohli’s outstanding record as ODI captain) but if you look at Rohit’s record in whatever ODIs he has captained for India, it’s very good. Bottom line, there can’t be two white-ball captains.”
“Yes, I have spoken to Virat personally and chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma also spoke to him on the issue.”
In his first assignment as full-time T20I captain, Rohit helped India to win the home T20I series against New Zealand by 3-0. Meanwhile, Ganguly was hoping that Rohit does a good job in the upcoming games for India. He said:
“It’s very difficult to predict. I wish him all the best and I hope he does a good job.”
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