Latest Cricket News: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) held a press conference with Indian Test captain Virat Kohli before the team’s departure for three Tests and three One-Day Internationals in South Africa beginning December 26.
Many suspicions of a rift between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who has been appointed as the new ODI and T20I captain of the Indian team as well as the new Test vice-captain, were debunked during the press conference.
He also revealed that the BCCI selection panel did not inform him that he will be ousted as the ODI captain after quitting as the T20I captain after the T20 World Cup 2021. Kohli said that he was only informed of the situation one and a half hours before it was made public.
“I was approached one and a half hours before the Test series selection meeting on December 8,” Kohli said. “From the time I declared my T20I captaincy decision until the eighth (of December) when I got a call before the selection meeting, there was no previous communication to me at all.”
The chief selector [Chetan Sharma] and I discussed the Test team, and as we hung up, I was told that the five selectors had decided that I would not be the ODI captain, to which I answered, ‘okay, fine.’ We briefly discussed it in the selection call that followed. That is exactly what occurred. During the news conference, Kohli stated, “There was no communication before to that at all.”
Kohli has shown an interest in staying as ODI and Test captain, with the goal of leading the side to the 2023 ODI World Cup, which will be staged entirely in India.
The BCCI applauded my decision to retire from the T20I captaincy: Virat Kohli
Before the T20 World Cup 2021, Virat Kohli pulled a surprise by stating that he will step aside as India’s T20I captain after the tournament. During the press conference, he stated that the BCCI was pleased with his choice when he notified them of it.
However, his statements contrasted sharply with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly’s, who implied Kohli had been asked to reconsider his decision.
“When I decided to step down as T20I captain and informed the BCCI of my choice, it was graciously appreciated.” There was no reluctance or offence, and I wasn’t instructed to think about it. It was positively accepted; I was told it was forward-thinking and (a step) in the right direction.
Then I told them that unless the office bearers and selectors feel differently, I’d prefer to continue playing Tests and ODIs. What I wanted to do was crystal obvious in my message. “I gave them the choice that if they don’t think I should (stay captain in Tests and/or ODIs), they can make that decision,” Kohli added.
Nothing can stop me from pursuing my dream of playing for India: Virat Kohli
Since Kohli’s removal as India’s ODI captain, there have been numerous unverified allegations of a rift between him and Rohit Sharma, issues with the BCCI, and other similar things in the media. Such claims dismayed the Indian Test captain, but he insisted that nothing could deter his desire to play for his country.
“Nothing has, and nothing can deter me from being prepared for a tour like this and performing to the best of my skills.” Many things that happen on the outside are not ideal or as expected, but you must understand that you can only do so much as an individual, and you must keep things in perspective and focus on what you can manage.
Kohli signed off, “I’m focused, psychologically prepared, and excited to perform my best for the team and help them win.”
The first Test of India’s tour of South Africa began on December 26 in Centurion.
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