The removal of Virat Kohli as Team India’s ODI captain has sparked a huge controversy in the Indian cricketing world. Many of his fans have fumed at BCCI for sacking Kohli even though his captaincy record has been phenomenal. However, BCCI has its own theory of removing Kohli. Meanwhile, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly stated that he asked Kohli not to step down as the T20I captain a few months back.
In an interview with News 18, Ganguly said that he had asked Kohli not to resign from his T20 captaincy when the latter was thinking about the decision before the T20 World Cup. But Virat Kohli took the decision due to the heavy workload.
“He has been a great cricketer, he has been very intense with his cricket. He has captained for a long period of time and these things happen. Because I have captained for a long period of time; therefore, I know,” stated Ganguly.
He said that Kohli was removed from the ODI captaincy as the board felt that there should not be two captains for white-ball formats. When asked the reason behind this theory, Ganguly stated, “A good team does not have too many leaders. That’s probably the reason and that’s what it is.”
It is now clear that Kohli gave up captaincy despite Ganguly’s request. As Ganguly and the board felt that there is no need for two captains for white-ball formats, they decided to remove Kohli.