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Selectors didn’t feel right to have 2 white-ball captains, says Ganguly on Kohli’s removal as ODI skipper

In the last four months the cricketing world has seen the fall of player- Virat Kohli, not as a brand value or something else but as the priotising order. Virat Kohli was removed as India’s ODI skipper on Wednesday and Rohit Sharma was named as his replcement.

The removal of Kohli as ODI skipper raised question over how it was dealt.

“It’s a call that the BCCI and the selectors took together,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by ANI on Thursday. “Actually, the BCCI had requested Virat to not 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.”

In an interaction with PTI, Ganguly reiterated the same point adding, “That’s too much of leadership.”

So how does he see Rohit performing as ODI skipper?

“It’s very difficult to predict. I wish him all the best and hope he does a good job,” he said.

Ganguly said Kohli’s ODI record was indeed considered.

“Yes, we did consider that but if you look at Rohit’s record in whatever ODIs he has captained for India, it’s very good. Bottom line, there can’t be two white ball captains.

“I can’t explain more about what all was discussed and what selectors have said, but this is primary reason for having Rohit as white ball captain and Virat accepted it,” he told PTI.

Rohit’s first stint as full-time ODI captain will be against South Africa in January.

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