- Ganguly said, we told Virat not to give up the captaincy of T20 but he did not agree
- BCCI president said selectors don’t want two different captains for white ball format
- Sourav Ganguly made it clear that Virat Kohli will remain the captain for the Test team
BCCI (Cricket Board of India) President Sourav Ganguly on Thursday said that after Virat Kohli refused to continue as India’s T20 captain, the selectors had made up their mind to hand over the captaincy of the ODI team to Rohit Sharma as the national The team could not have two different captains in the limited overs format.
The BCCI on Wednesday appointed Rohit as the captain of the ODI team till the 2023 ODI World Cup and Ganguly on the issue said that Kohli had been spoken to in this regard and he has accepted the decision.
The BCCI president and former Indian captain said, “We have requested Virat not to step down as T20 captain but he did not want to continue in this position.” So the selectors felt that they could not have two white-ball captains in the two white-ball formats. This would have made the captaincy too much.
Kohli had stepped down from T20 captaincy after India’s disappointing World Cup campaign in October-November.
Ganguly said the selectors felt that the white-ball format would confuse multiple captains, so the Chetan Sharma-led committee suggested that it would be better to have a single captain.
Yes, we had considered that Virat’s winning record is more than 70 per cent but if you look at Rohit’s record, he has been very good in all the ODIs he has captained. But the point is that white-ball teams could not have two captains.
BCCI President Saurabh Ganguly
“I don’t know (about the confusion) but that’s what they (selectors) felt,” Ganguly said. Similarly, it was concluded that Rohit should captain the team in white ball cricket and Virat should captain the team in red ball cricket.
How will Rohit do as an ODI captain? Ganguly said he will not make any predictions but has full faith in the new captain’s ability.
He said, ‘It is very difficult to predict. I wish him all the best and hope he does a good job.
But was it taken into account that Kohli’s winning record as ODI captain in 95 matches is more than 70 per cent, he said, “Yes, we did consider it but if you look at Rohit’s record.” Look, in all the ODIs he has captained India, he has been very good. But the point is that white-ball teams could not have two captains.
The question of the team not winning any ICC trophy under Kohli’s captaincy was also asked, but the board president refused to tell about the discussion on it.
“What was discussed and what the selectors said, I can’t say much about it but that is the main reason for making Rohit the captain of the white ball and Virat has accepted it,” he said.
On behalf of the BCCI, the President and Chief Selector spoke to Kohli on this and apprised him of the BCCI’s decision.
He said, ‘Yes, I myself spoke to Virat and chief selector Chetan Sharma also spoke to him on this issue.’