Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra feels that the BCCI handled the whole saga with Virat Kohli quite poorly and should have made a better approach to dealing with the 32-year-old’s sacking as the ODI captain.
Kohli was removed as the 50-over captain and the reins were handed over to Rohit Sharma. While the decision in itself was quite easy to make, the way it was conveyed to the Indian skipper left a sour taste in the mouth.
“It could have definitely been handled better, let’s be very very honest. There are a lot of things which could have been better where they could have asked or had a discussion. You don’t actually need to ask when you are removing someone as a captain.“
“You just need to tell but it could have been handled a little better, that you acknowledge that the captain has done very well but now you are moving ahead and all of that. That communication could have happened,” Chopra said in a video on his YouTube channel.
Washing dirty linen in public is never a great thing – Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra also pointed out that Kohli himself could have spoken to the people involved instead of revealing things at the press conference. Many former cricketers think that the ultimate loser in this battle is Indian cricket and therefore, things need to be handled better.
“Virat Kohli could have also picked up the phone and spoken to them, everyone whose statements he didn’t like because it was not only sources but it came from the horse’s mouth, there were BCCI officials in that.“
“So let’s discuss between the two of us like grown-up adults and the BCCI officials could have also done the same thing. Washing dirty linen in public is never a great thing. The rumor markets are again hot and then the same sources, the same drama, we come back to square one, which we don’t want,” Chopra mentioned.
For now, the BCCI will remain tight-lipped and will wait for the South Africa tour to conclude before making any official statements.