On Wednesday, while addressing the press-conference India red-ball captain Virat Kohli said that he understands the reason behind him losing the ODI captaincy.
Virat Kohli decided to step down from the T20I captaincy to manage his workload following the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup also the BCCI decided to remove him from ODI captaincy as it was informed by BCCI President Sourav Ganguly that the selectors didn’t want to have two white-ball captains in the team and Rohit Sharma was handed over entire white-ball captaincy. Kohli has a very successful run as a captain in white-ball cricket but he was unable to win an ICC trophy.
Meanwhile, Kohli said that under him India didn’t win an ICC Trophy and it was a logical decision to remove him as the ODI captain. He said:
“I can understand why, the reason, we haven’t won an ICC tournament. Whether the decision they took is right or wrong, there’s no debate. It’s a logical decision which I understand.”
Kohli during the press conference also 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 team discussion just before ending the call he was told that he won’t continue as ODI captain.
“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 ODI captain. To which I replied ‘okay fine’,” he further said.
Rohit Sharma Is A Very Able Captain, Tactically Very Sound – Virat Kohli
Kohli lauded his teammate and new India white-ball captain Rohit Sharma and said that he is a tactically sound skipper. He added that Head Coach Rahul Dravid and skipper Rohit will have his full support. He elaborated:
“Rohit is a very able captain, tactically very sound. We’ve seen that in the games he’s captained for India and in the IPL with Mumbai Indians as well. So along with Rahul bhai, who is a very balanced coach and great man-manager, both will have my absolute support and my contribution in whatever vision they set for the team.”
“I will be there to support that 100 per cent and continue to be a guy who can push the team in the right direction going forward in ODIs and T20Is. Well, I can’t comment if me not being captain will leave a positive impact on my batting, those things no one can predict. I have taken a lot of pride in performing as a captain for the team and I’ve done the best that I could. I think what I know is my motivation levels to perform won’t dip at all, I will always be prepared and eager to perform in the same manner,” he further added.
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