Former Indian fast bowler, Madan Lal reckons that the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly should come forward and clarify the rumors of the alleged rift between BCCI and Virat Kohli. Notably, Kohli’s comments in the recent press conference were contradicting BCCI president Sourav Ganguly’s statement regarding the T20I captaincy. Ganguly had said that they had requested Kohli to reconsider resigning from the T20I captaincy but he didn’t agree.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli, in his first press conference before leaving for South Africa, pointed out that BCCI welcomed his move of quitting captaincy as a progressive step. Kohli also revealed that at the end of the call for discussing Test squad, the selection committee informed him being replaced by Rohit Sharma as India’s ODI captain.
Talking about the same, as per the quotes in ANI, Madan Lal said, “I think this situation should have been handled in a better way because it is not a controversy but a matter of opinion. I don’t know what Sourav had said to Virat, so I don’t want to comment on that. But I think that Sourav, being the President, should come out and give an explanation and that will be the end of the entire issue. We need to be focused on the South Africa tour right now as it is an important game for us.”
Madan Lal further said he agrees with Sunil Gavaskar that Kohli should clear the issue with the Indian board.
Elaborating the same, Madan Lal said, “Gavaskar is correct in his point. Virat should clear all his issues with the management. This is not a big matter. I would say that the selectors should have handled the situation better. It is the duty of selectors to look after and stop these controversies. I am not sure if the selectors spoke to Virat before taking the decision.”
On the other hand, the Indian Test squad is in Johannesburg, South Africa to lock horns with the Proteas in the three-match Test series.