Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Twitter)

Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Saba Karim has opined that Virat Kohli wanted to continue as One Day Internationals (ODI) captain of the team but not being able to win an ICC trophy could have cost him the 50-over captaincy.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) senior selection committee has appointed opening batsman Rohit Sharma as new One Day Internationals (ODI) and T20I captain of the India National Cricket Team. Also, Rohit has replaced Ajinkya Rahane as Virat Kohli’s deputy in the Test cricket.

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Saba Karim
Saba Karim (Image Credit: Twitter)

Karim highlighted that Kohli while announcing the decision to quit the T20I captaincy would have confirmed that he want to leave the ODI captaincy as well but he didn’t do that because he wanted to continue. Speaking on YouTube show Khelneeti cricketer-turned-commentator said:

“It is right to say that Kohli has been sacked. He made the announcement while leaving the T20I captaincy and could have confirmed that he does not want to continue as ODI captain as well. This meant he wanted to remain ODI captain. Not being able to win an ICC trophy could have cost Virat Kohli the ODI captaincy.”

I Am Confident That Rahul Dravid Or Someone From The BCCI Would Have Had A Word With Virat Kohli – Saba Karim

Saba Karim
Saba Karim. [Photo: IANS]
Some reports suggest that Virat Kohli and the BCCI didn’t have any prior discussions regarding the captaincy change and Virat was informed about it via an email on Wednesday.

However, Karim feels that Head Coach Rahul Dravid or any other senior BCCI official would have had talks with Kohli regarding this matter.

“I am confident that Rahul Dravid or someone from the BCCI would have had a word with Virat Kohli regarding their plans of introducing split captaincy. Dravid has often put emphasis on having clear communication with players. So, when it comes to taking such a big decision, I believe someone would have surely talked to Kohli,” he stated.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Image-AP

Former India cricketer Nikhil Chopra who was also featured in the video shared on Khelneeti’s YouTube channel said that splitting the captains in white-ball cricket would have created a lot of confusion. So making separate captains for ODI-T20I and Test was a good decision.

There would have been confusion if there had been different captains in ODIs and T20Is. Kohli still has an opportunity to clinch an ICC trophy and the World Test Championship is going to be crucial for him. Whereas Rohit has two World Cups coming up and he now gets a chance to build a team for the same,” he asserted.

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