Former India batter Sanjay Manjrekar has shared his two cents on the ongoing Virat Kohli vs Sourav Ganguly saga on the ODI captaincy and mentioned whatever Kohli said during the press conference before flying to South Africa was because he wanted to get something off his chest.
On the eve of the Indian team’s flight to South Africa for the Test and ODI series, captain Virat Kohli unleashed some explosive statements, openly contradicting BCCI President Sourav Ganguly’s remarks on why he was removed as the ODI captain. From speaking about his removal as One Day International (ODI) captain to quashing rumors of having an alleged rift with Rohit Sharma, Test skipper Kohli answered several burning questions in his fiery pre-departure press conference.
Now Sanjay Manjrekar opined that the whole episode involving Ganguly and Kohli should have been handled more professionally.
“Three different captains for three formats is not an ideal scenario but if you are left with no choice and that’s gonna get the best out of the three teams, then so be it. The one very important member of the Indian cricket administration is a guy who doesn’t quite get the attention that he deserves. And that’s the chairman of selectors,” Manjrekar told Times Now.
Manjrekar felt that Kohli is a very passionate cricketer and was perhaps rattled with the news of his removal as ODI captain and just wanted to get something off his chest and hence gave fiery statements in the presser.
“So I don’t know why there should have been a conversation publicly or any statement given by the president of the BCCI when really it is the job of the chairman of the selection committee,” he added.
Should Have Been The Chairman Of The Selection Committee Versus Virat Kohli: Sanjay Manjrekar
Manjrekar’s comments came days after former captain Dilip Vengsarkar said that BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly shouldn’t have been the one to speak on the behalf of the selection committee and it should have been Chetan Sharma, the chief selector who should have talked to Kohli and the press.
“Miscommunications and all the misunderstandings, everything has been happening over the years. It should have been the chairman of the selection committee versus Virat Kohli. That would have been the right way to go about it. That would have been a more professional exterior,” Manjrekar added.
BCCI named Rohit Sharma as the new ODI and T20I captain going forward with Kohli left with the captaincy of the Test team.