Virat Kohli, India’s Test captain, says he found out about Rohit Sharma’s replacement as ODI captain barely one-and-a-half hours before the Test selection for South Africa was announced. Kohli told the media before of India’s tour to South Africa that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had not communicated with him previous to a phone call he got immediately before the Test squad selection.
Here is the complete detail in just 10 points:
1. “Whatever was reported regarding the communication that occurred during the decision-making process was incorrect. One and a half hours before the Tests, I was approached. The chief selector and I talked about the Test team. Before the call finished, I received word that the five selectors had decided that I would no longer be the ODI captain. “There had been no prior discussion about this,” Kohli said during a press briefing on Wednesday.
2. Kohli stated that when he decided to step down as T20I captain just before his final assignment at the T20 World Cup, the BCCI “accepted really well” his decision. Kohli had made the choice earlier this year, citing “workload” management as the reason for his decision.
3. “When I told the BCCI that I wanted to retire from T20I captaincy, they were quite supportive. There was no hesitation on my part. It was described to me as a progressive step. At the time, I stated that I wanted to lead in ODIs and Tests. “My communication was clear, but I also told the office bearers and selectors that if they don’t think I should lead in other forms, that’s great,” Kohli said.
4. Kohli also clarified that, contrary to media reports earlier this week, he will be available for the three-match ODI series and that he had never requested a break.
5. Kohli stated, “I am available for selection for ODIs in South Africa.” “Lies are being written.” He went on to say, “I’ve never begged for a break.”
6. Kohli was expected to skip the ODI series in South Africa, according to media reports citing BCCI officials.
7. According to these reports, Kohli had requested a break from the BCCI in order to spend time with his family. Kohli has taken a sabbatical from cricket throughout the previous T20I series and the first of two Test matches against New Zealand.
8. While announcing the Test squad for the South Africa tour, the BCCI named Rohit Sharma as the ODI captain. Kohli had already been replaced as T20I skipper by Rohit.
a “My job is to steer the group in the proper path. Rohit is a capable skipper who is also tactically sound. Along with Rahul (Dravid) bhai, a fantastic manager. In ODIs and T20Is, they would have my full support “On Rohit Sharma, Kohli remarked 10. Kohli also clarified that he and Rohit do not have a rift. “I can see why you’d want to do that. BCCI has approached the issues from a reasonable standpoint. I don’t have any issues with Rohit Sharma. I’ve been explaining for two years and I’m exhausted. None of my actions or choices will jeopardise the team’s success “he stated.