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It’s no more Virat Kohli vs Rohit Sharma, it’s Kohli vs Ganguly & BCCI

Virat Kohli

Addressing a presser, Virat Kohli spilled out the beans of his rift with Ganguly and BCCI. He informed that he was removed from the ODI captainship 90 minutes before the selection meeting. Virat also told that he has no issues with Rohit Sharma.

In a surprising move, Virat Kohli, today, addressing a press conference, spilled out the beans of his rift with Sourav Ganguly led BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India). Kohli stated that his removal from the ODI’s captainship was communicated to him just ninety minutes before the selection meeting that was to decide the squad for the upcoming Test Series against South Africa. The right-handed batsmen further added there has been no communication from the BCCI over the ODI captainship between September 16 when he announced that he would step down from being the captain of the Indian Cricket Team in the T20 format after the T20 World Cup gets over. 

The rumors of all not being well between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been speculated for a long time and it caught fire with Rohit’s decision to pull out from the Test series against the Proteas due to a hamstring injury. Earlier, Sharma was named as the new ODI captain. Reports also started to surface that Kohli will be taking a break from the series. Brushing aside this rumor of him wanting to take a break, he said “It should be asked to people who are writing lies. My communication with the BCCI on this issue has not happened that I want to rest.”

Taking all the questions head-on, Kohli brushed aside the speculations of a rift between him and Rohit. He said, “There is no rift between me and Rohit. I have been clarifying for the past two years and I am tired now. I want to also say one thing that none of my actions or decisions will be to take the team down.” On the question of his removal as the ODI captain, he stated “I was contacted one-and-a-half hour before selection for Tests. The chief selector discussed with me the Test squad. Before the call ended, I was told that the five selectors have decided that I won’t be ODI captain anymore. There was no prior communication about this.” He also added that he is willing to support Rohit Sharma and will work towards strengthening coach Rahul Dravid’s vision. 

Board of Control for Cricket in India President Sourav Ganguly, recently, claimed that the BCCI has asked him to not give up his T20 captaincy. However, Kohli contradicted Ganguly and said “I told the BCCI before giving up the T20 captaincy. I told them my point of view. The BCCI received it very well. There was no offense. It was received well, saying it’s a ‘progressive step.’ I told them I will continue as ODI captain and Test captain.” Further, taking a dig at BCCI and Ganguly, Virat said, “things happen on outside but nothing can derail me from playing best to my abilities for India.”

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