Virat Kohli and Sanjay Manjrekar. Photo- PTI
Virat Kohli and Sanjay Manjrekar. Photo- PTI

Virat Kohli‘s explosive press conference before heading to South Africa has stirred a huge controversy in Indian cricket. Kohli had stepped down from the T20I captaincy citing workload management. This is when BCCI President Sourav Ganguly came out in the media and said that he had requested Kohli not to take such a decision.

After Kohli’s decision, the selection committee found it illogical to have a separate captain for T20I and ODI formats and thus dropped Kohli from the captaincy. However, Kohli contracted these statements by saying that there was no such request made. He also claimed that he was told about the captaincy sacking just one and a half hours before deciding the Test team.

Sourav Ganguly Breaks Silence On The Situation With Virat Kohli
Sourav Ganguly Breaks Silence On The Situation With Virat Kohli.

Amidst all this controversy, former Indian cricketer and cricket expert Sanjay Manjrekar stated that he would prefer the chairman of selectors to come out and clear the air instead of the BCCI President giving statements in public.

“Three different captains for three formats is not an ideal scenario but if you are left with no choice and that’s gonna get the best out of the three teams, then so be it. The one very important member of the Indian cricket administration is a guy who doesn’t quite get the attention that he deserves. And that’s the chairman of selectors,” Sanjay Manjrekar stated. 

“So I don’t know why there should have been a conversation publicly or any statement given by the president of the BCCI when really it is the job of the chairman of the selection committee,” he further added.

It should have been the chairman of the selection committee versus Virat Kohli: Sanjay Manjrekar

Virat Kohli Press Conference Today Highlights. Photo- ANI
Virat Kohli Press Conference Today Highlights. Photo- ANI

Sanjay Manjrekar believes that the chairman of selectors coming out and explaining the sacking of Virat Kohli would have been more professional. He doesn’t feel the need for any statement from the BCCI as it is a matter between a captain and the selection committee.

“Miscommunications and all the misunderstandings, everything has been happening over the years. It should have been the chairman of the selection committee versus Virat Kohli. That would have been the right way to go about it. That would have been a more professional exterior,” Manjrekar concluded.

Virat Kohli will still lead the Indian team in the three-match Test series against South Africa beginning from Sunday, December 26.