The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vs Virat Kohli saga is not coming to an end, especially after the latest report from IANS revealing that as per sources, the Indian board was not happy with Virat Kohli’s captaincy post the World Test Championship (WTC) 2021 final debacle. Hence he was not consulted about MS Dhoni’s appointment as an Indian team mentor for the T20 World Cup 2021.
India lost the WTC 2021 final to New Zealand in Southampton in England and Virat Kohli’s captaincy and a ploy to play two spinners despite rain and weather playing a part in the match, didn’t sit well with the Indian board. Even the BCCI secretary Jay Shah stated that he had been discussing the topic of Virat Kohli stepping down as captain in one or more formats with the batter for the last few months.
Virat Kohli finally announced that he will be stepping down as captain of the Indian T20I team after the T20 World Cup 2021. If sources are to be believed, the revolt against Kohli started within the team a few months ago and the IANS report also said that the board didn’t care to consult Virat Kohli before appointing former captain MS Dhoni as the mentor of the Indian team for the ICC event.
Virat Kohli Wanted Yuzvendra Chahal In The Indian Team In Place Of Ravichandran Ashwin
Virat Kohli had reportedly accused a senior cricketer of showing ‘no intent’ during the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton, UK. If sources are to be believed, the name of Ravichandran Ashwin is now doing the rounds as one of the rebels, but it has not been confirmed yet.
Ashwin was benched for the entire England Test series and even head coach Ravi Shastri had talked about playing Ashwin before the fourth Test. Kohl apparently ignored this advice.
Now the report has also stated that Kohli wasn’t even consulted before the BCCI selectors picked Ravi Ashwin in the Indian 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup 2021. Ashwin had last played a T20I for India in 2017 and his inclusion raised many eyebrows.
Apparently, Virat Kohli had wanted Yuzvendra Chahal in the team instead of the veteran, but the selectors didn’t pay attention to his suggestion.