Former Indian cricketer and head coach Madan Lal has questioned the decision of the BCCI after Virat Kohli was removed as the ODI captain on Wednesday. Rohit Sharma was made the captain instead and he will now lead the side in the white-ball formats.
Kohli had given up the T20I captaincy but expressed his desire to continue in both ODIs and Tests. However, the BCCI didn’t consent to have two separate captains for white-ball formats so they sacked Kohli, despite his record as a captain being tremendous in ODIs.
“I don’t know what the selectors have thought about this, but if he [Kohli] is producing the right results then why [change him]? I can understand T20s [he stepped down as captain] because there is so much of cricket and he can concentrate on two other formats.”
“But if you are successful and still you are removed, it will of course pinch him. I was thinking Kohli would have stayed [as captain] till the 2023 World Cup. It is very difficult to build a team, but easier to destroy it,” Lal was quoted as saying.
“I don’t understand why there would be confusion” – Madan Lal
Madan Lal refused to believe that split captaincy in ODIs and T20I would cause confusion in the Indian camp. This was the reason used by BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly while opening up on Rohit’s appointment.
“I don’t understand why would there be confusion. Every captain has a different style, so confusion is for what. The style will anyway change in Test and limited-overs. Virat and Rohit have their own style of leading the teams. MS Dhoni too had his own style. At the international level, it is about professionalism and performing all the time,” Lal added.
Kohli’s tenure as the captain in white-ball formats has officially ended without an ICC trophy in his cabinet.