Kirti Azad (Photo- Twitter)
Kirti Azad (Photo- Twitter)

Former India all-rounder Kirti Azad feels that Indian red-ball captain Virat Kohli is not upset but is hurt because of the way he has been informed about his removal from ODI captaincy.

Virat Kohli in an explosive press conference before the South Africa departure on Wednesday revealed that he was contacted by the BCCI one and a half hours before the meeting for the Test team for the South Africa tour and before ending the call he was informed that he will no longer be ODI captain of the Indian team and he said ‘okay fine’.

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Meanwhile, speaking about the captaincy controversy Azad said that the selectors should have reached out to BCCI president Ganguly before making any decision. Azad told News18:

“If this was to be decided by the selectors, they should have gone up to the president. Generally, what happens is that when a team is selected – when I was also a national selector – we would select the team and go to the president of the board. He would see, okay it, sign it and then it would be announced. But it is always the custom that a team after being selected goes to have a look.”

Selectors Are Great, But If You Put Their Total Number Of Matches, It Won’t Be Even Half Of What Virat Kohli Has Played – Kirti Azad

Virat Kohli. Photo- BCCI
Virat Kohli. Photo- BCCI

Azad further said that before changing a captain the BCCI president should be informed. He also added that all the selectors are great but they don’t have half the match experience as Kohli. He asserted:

“So obviously, if you are changing the captain for any format, you write and inform the president. Virat is not upset, but I feel he is hurt for the way he has been informed. So once it went to Sourav, he could have also unofficially spoken about it. You can understand, I don’t want to say this. All the selectors are really great guys, but if you put their total number of matches, it won’t be even half of what Virat has played.”

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Image-AP

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