Cricket News: Sunil Gavaskar believes Virat Kohli’s September statement was a factor in his ODI captaincy being removed

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Cricket News: Many fans and experts have speculated about a breach between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma since the latter was replaced as Team India’s full-time white-ball skipper. The supposed rift is not a new phenomenon; it has been discussed many times before, with the cricketers rejecting it each time. So, veteran cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar decided to weigh in on the BCCI’s latest decision, claiming that it could have been influenced by Kohli’s announcement in September of this year that he would be stepping down as T20I captain owing to the T20 World Cup. Gavaskar told India Today that he believes it could have been written better and that it could have damaged the feelings of top BCCI officials.

“I believe you are aware that I too saw the release because it was available in the public domain.” I believe you are aware of how it was presented, and I believe it will enrage those in positions of power. If my memory serves me well, it stated that I will continue to lead India in Test and ODI cricket,” he remarked.

“I think the statement may have been modified to I would be available to lead India in Test and ODIs”.

Sunil Gavaskar also addressed the “anti-feeling” he had toward the RCB batter but defended him as well. “One of the causes for the anti-feeling against him could have been the expectation that he would be the Test and ODI captain. Otherwise, he has a track record of winning everywhere. He hasn’t won any ICC events, although he has guided the Indian team to victories in bilateral events, both at home and abroad.

People have no reason to be dissatisfied with his leadership abilities. I’m guessing that one line was the catalyst for it all to begin in the first place “, he declared.

Kohli also gave a press conference on Wednesday, where he reiterated that he and Rohit do not have a feud.

He also put an end to reports that he will sit out the ODI series against South Africa, saying that he had never requested a rest from the BCCI and that he would be available for selection.

He also revealed that he was only told of the BCCI’s decision to remove him from the white-ball leadership one and a half hours before the official announcement. “Whatever was said regarding the communication that occurred during the decision-making process was incorrect. One and a half hours before the Tests, I was approached.

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