Veteran commentator, Harsha Bhogle, believes that the ongoing discord between BCCI and Virat Kohli should have never been out in public as it only affects Indian cricket in the end.
Ahead of the South Africa tour, Kohli dropped a few bombshells in the pre-match press conference. He revealed that he wasn’t asked to stay on as the captain of the T20I team, directly conflicting with the statement made by BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly.
This has caused a rather public outrage from the fans, berating BCCI for treating a captain and committed player poorly. Speaking on the whole situation, Bhogle said:
“It should never come down to one person’s word vs another, especially when they have been giants of Indian cricket. Hence, two way, open lines of communication. Helps conflicts to be resolved internally rather than in public. In a face-off, one person has to lose, and that is never good.
“It presents Rahul Dravid with a ticklish situation and his man-management skills will be tested because to win in South Africa, he needs his captain and best batsman to be happy and positive.”
“Conflicts are box office but detrimental to teams” – Harsha Bhogle
Harsha Bhogle also added that the controversy might entertain the general public to an extent but it eventually has a bearing on the morale of the Indian team. Such issues should not pop up in public, especially ahead of a major tour.
“Conflicts are box-office but detrimental to teams. Eventually, the Indian cricket team has to be strong. Drawing conclusions in the public domain is hazardous when we don’t know the whole truth. I speak from experience,” Bhogle added on his Twitter account.
As of now, the team has left on a charter flight from Mumbai. They will set up camp in Johannesburg and undergo mandatory quarantine. The first Test starts on December 26.