Former India selector Sarandeep Singh has said that the statements Virat Kohli gave in a press conference on Wednesday were shocking.
India red-ball captain Kohli addressed the media for the very first time after the captaincy change in Indian cricket and he talked about a lot of things in the press conference.
Meanwhile, Kohli during the press conference told that he was contacted just one and a half hours before the selection meeting on 8 December for the South Africa Test series and before that, there were no communications made with him.
Also, he revealed that after the Test team discussion just before ending the call the chief selector told him that they have decided that he won’t continue as ODI captain. Kohli elaborated:
“Whatever was said about the communication that happened during the decision that was made was inaccurate. I was contacted one and half hours before the selection meeting on 8th for the Test series.”
“And there was no prior communication with me since I announced the T20I captaincy decision up till December 8. The chief selector discussed the Test team to which we both agreed. Before ending the call, I was told the five selectors decided that I would not be the ODI captain. To which I replied ‘okay fine’.”
Virat Kohli Should Have Been Informed Earlier – Sarandeep Singh
Former India selector Sarandeep speaking to ANI said that the BCCI has no role to play in the selection process and its selection committee that select players and appoint the captain. He said:
“It is the duty of the selection committee to select the players and appoint the captain. BCCI does not play any role in the selection process. The statements given by Virat in the press conference today were a bit shocking. Things shouldn’t have gone wrong the way they did.”
Former India selector believes that there should not be two white-ball captains in the team but he feels that things could have been handled in a much more professional manner with Kohli. He said:
“Personally, I feel that there should not be two captains in white-ball cricket. The things could have been handled in a more professional manner and Virat should have been informed earlier. All I want is that everything should be sorted because this can cause harm to Indian cricket.”
Sarandeep also said that there is no rift between Kohli and Rohit and they both are mature players. He said:
“Rohit and Virat both are mature players and captains. They have never raised any questions against each other and both of them know how to tackle such situations. Even if they would not be such good friends, they would still play for the country. Both the players have won so many matches for India and their combination is great.”
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