For the last couple of months, it is being widely speculated in the media that Rohit Sharma will be given the white ball captaincy. As expected, the star opener was given the T20I captaincy a few weeks back and yesterday, the selection committee made him the ODI captain as well. Apparently, Virat Kohli didn’t want to step down as the ODI captain but the selection committee and the BCCI had to take the call.
Speaking to the ANI, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly stated that they had to take the decision in compulsion because there cannot be two white ball captains for the team. “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,” stated Ganguly.
Meanwhile, Kohli’s fans are not okay with the explanation and are fuming at BCCI for sacking Kohli, who was excellent as the ODI captain. The statistics also prove the same. Out of 95 ODIs, he led India in, Kohli won 65 matches and lost 27. The win percentage is 70.43. Kohli won 15 of the 19 ODI series he led India in.
Kohli was also great with the bat as a captain. In 95 matches, he has a batting average of 72.65 and a strike rate of 98.3. This is the highest batting average among all the other captains in the ODI cricket history.
Records are in favor of Kohli and thus, fans are infuriated by the decision of sacking him. BCCI is trying to show that there are no disputes between the board and Kohli but the recent incidents show that there is something going on between the two sides.