Former India cricketer Madan Lal has urged Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly to respond to Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli’s comments over captaincy change and end the matter. According to Lal, India need to focus on the South Africa tour and not the needles controversies.
Indian cricket’s Test captain Virat Kohli, on Wednesday, held an explosive press conference in which he opened up on everything from his sacking as one-day captain to rumours of his rift with Rohit Sharma. Kohli made is clear that there was no prior intimation given to him about his removal as one-day captain. According to him, he was told one and a half hours before the team selection meeting for the Test squad for South Africa that he would no longer be captain in the one-day format. Kohli also dismissed suggestions that he was requested to stay on as T20 leader following his announcement. Here is a detailed account of statements and clarifications made by Kohli at the press conference.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has urged cricket experts and fans not to point fingers at Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma unless they have any specific information on the alleged rift between the two superstars of Indian cricket. After Rohit was ruled out of the South Africa Tests due to a hamstring injury, some media reports on Tuesday claimed that Kohli would not be part of the ODIs due to personal reasons. However, a few other reports dismissed the claims and quoted BCCI officials as saying that Kohli had not asked for a break.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has opened up on the decision to replace Virat Kohli as ODI captain and make Rohit Sharma the leader of the one-day outfit. Ganguly revealed that BCCI had requested Kohli not to step down as T20 captain. But, once he did, there was no point in having two separate captains for the two limited-overs formats
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday named Rohit Sharma as the new captain of India’s ODI team, replacing Virat Kohli. Rohit was earlier named leader of the T20I team after Kohli stepped down from the role following the T20 World Cup 2021. Kohli was keen on carrying on as both one-day and Test captain. However, while the selectors retained him as Test leader, he was removed as one-day skipper.
Team India skipper Virat Kohli will be back to captain the team when the second Test of the two-match series against New Zealand begins at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday. Kohli was rested for the three-match T20I series as well as the first Test in Kanpur. While Kohli will be back for the Mumbai Test, he stressed on the importance of mental break for cricketers in COVID times.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli stated that he has given his 120 percent for the franchise on every occasion. RCB were knocked out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 following the loss in the Eliminator to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Sharjah on Monday.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli has stated that the inclusion of Sri Lanka cricketers Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera will boost the franchise ahead of the UAE leg of IPL 2021. Hasaranga and Chameera were named as replacements for Adam Zampa and Daniel Sams, who will be unavailable for the second half of IPL 2021.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has termed Virat Kohli’s decision to quit as India’s T20I captain after the World Cup as one that has been made keeping in mind the future roadmap. On Thursday, Kohli through an official statement on social media, stated that he would be stepping down as T20I captain after the World Cup in the UAE in October-November.