According to the latest reports, two top BCCI officials & Chairman of Selection committee Chetan Sharma called Virat Kohli and asked him to step down from the ODI captaincy.
But Kohli did not respond back – which led to him being sacked from the Indian ODI captaincy.
Though the writing was on the wall for some time but no one expected that India’s most successful ODI captain will get such an unceremonious exit. InsideSport reached out to sources in BCCI to check the exact reason of Kohli’s sacking?
A very senior BCCI official informed InsideSport on Wednesday night that, ’No way we would have continued with separate T20 & ODI captains. BCCI always wanted consistency in leadership & thought processes. Everyone saw we could not succeed in big events & T20 World Cup was the end of any debate. The selectors are also in favor of Rohit Sharma as White-Ball leader & we are confident under him the team will deliver great results in big ICC events’, informed the BCCI official.
“I don’t want to comment on that. Can only say the decision has been taken in the best interest of the Indian cricket”, added the top BCCI official.
Why Virat Kohli was Sacked? The top board officials spoke to both Kohli & coach Rahul Dravid before taking the decision. One of the officials informed InsideSport that Kohli was explained the thought process of the board & the selectors.
He was told that the selectors wanted absolute clarity on the leadership & complete separation between the Test & the white-ball teams.
Sources told InsideSport that discussions with Kohli mainly centered around the Test squad for South Africa but the ODI captaincy bit did come up.
He was told in no uncertain terms that he should give up the ODI leadership since it wasn’t prudent to have two captains in white-ball cricket. But he refused to budge.
InsideSport has further learned the board officials & chairman of the selection committee kept waiting for Kohli’s call for the next 48 hours.
But that call never came in. Finally, on Wednesday evening, miffed BCCI announced the Test squad. And just one line was mentioned below that Rohit Sharma will take over as ODI & T20 Captain of India.
“It’s clear BCCI was not too happy with Kohli. It’s clear that he was fired. If not, then where was the need of announcing Rohit Sharma as ODI captain when only the test squad is being announced. It’s clear all was not well between the BCCI & Kohli on captaincy issue”, said one of the top Indian test cricketers.
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