Virat Kohli made a sensational claim in the press conference about the sweep in the captaincy of the white-ball format from him to Rohit Sharma. Kohli revealed that he was informed about the ODI captaincy shift 90 minutes before the official announcement. The BCCI had dismissed Kohli’s stance over lack of communication, saying that he was kept in the loop over the T20I captaincy matter.
“Virat Kohli can’t say that we didn’t keep him in the loop. We spoke to Virat in Sept and asked him not to quit the T20 captaincy. Once Virat gave up the T20 captaincy on his own, it was difficult to have 2 white ball captains. Chetan Sharma told Virat about the ODI captaincy on the morning of the meeting,” a BCCI official told India Today.
“When I communicated with the BCCI first about quitting the T20I captaincy, I told them that this is my point of view, these are the reasons for my decision. It was received quite well. No one took offense, no one had any hesitation. No one told me that I should not leave the T20I captaincy,” Kohli told the press.
Kohli’s statement is contradictory to the one made by BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.
“…Actually, the BCCI had requested Virat not to step down as the T20I skipper but obviously, he did not agree. And the selectors then did not feel it right to have two different captains for two white-ball formats,” Ganguly told ANI.