Former India opener turned famous commentator Aakash Chopra has said that the entire captaincy saga regarding Virat Kohli and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could have been handled in a mature way. Notably, it all started when the board appointed Rohit Sharma as the ODI captain, replacing Kohli as well.
Apart from this, Sourav Ganguly and the other BCCI officials had also revealed that they had asked Kohli not to give up the T20I captaincy and shared that Kohli had asked for a break during the ODI series against South Africa but Kohli’s statements in his pre-departure press conference contradicted both these statements as well. And, since then, the captaincy saga became worse.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra added that this matter could have been handled in a better way. He also said that the board should have recognized Virat Kohli’s contribution as the captain of the Indian team and explained to him why they took the decision.
He said: “It could have definitely been handled better, let’s be very very honest. There are a lot of things which could have been better where they could have asked or had a discussion. You don’t actually need to ask when you are removing someone as a captain. You just need to tell but it could have been handled a little better, that you acknowledge that the captain has done very well but now you are moving ahead and all of that. That communication could have happened.”
However, Virat Kohli revealed that Chetan Sharma, the chairman of the selection committee has informed him about the decision just before the meeting where they were about to select the Test team for the South Africa series as well. And, Chopra has also said that Kohli could have also spoken to the board before revealing all these in the press. However, he believes that these incidents won’t affect the team’s performances in South Africa as well.
“Virat Kohli could have also picked up the phone and spoken to them, everyone whose statements he didn’t like because it was not only sources but it came from the horse’s mouth, there were BCCI officials in that. So let’s discuss between the two of us like grown-up adults and the BCCI officials could have also done the same thing. Washing dirty linen in public is never a great thing. The rumor markets are again hot and then the same sources, the same drama, we come back to square one, which we don’t want,” Aakash Chopra concluded.