Sourav Ganguly, the president of the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has broken his silence over the synopsis of Virat Kohli's captainship coming to an end and picking Rohit Sharma in place for India's limited-over cricket.
Ganguly opened Kohli was requested to stay T20I captain but he was denied. Further maintaining, the president said the selectors did not find it appropriate to have two separate captains for ODI and T20I hence, decided to hand over captaincy of both formats to Rohit.
It is speculated that Kohli wanted to stay India's ODI skipper but had to step down following selectors' wish to go with a single limited-overs captain.
“It’s a call that the BCCI and the selectors took together. Actually, the BCCI had requested Virat to not step down as the T20I skipper but obviously, he did not agree. And the selectors then did not feel it right to have two different captains for two white-ball formats,”
It is pertinent to mention that Kohli will continue to render his services as a leader in red-ball cricket. Ganguly thanked Kohli for his priceless efforts and assistance to team India. He feels the future of India Cricket is in safe hands.
“So, it was decided that Virat will continue as Test captain and Rohit will take over as the white-ball captain. I as President personally spoke to Virat Kohli and the chairman of selectors has also spoken to him.
“We have full faith in Rohit Sharma’s leadership abilities, and Virat will continue as the Test captain. We as BCCI are confident that Indian cricket is in good hands. We thank Virat Kohli for his contributions as captain in the white-ball format,”