A day after the Indian Test skipper, Virat Kohli triggered a storm by publicly contradicting him, the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly refrained from commenting on the matter, saying the Board will deal with it. Kohli, during his pre-departure press conference ahead of the South Africa tour, said that he was never asked to stay on as T20 skipper when he made his intentions clear on resigning from the position.
Kohli’s comments were in complete contrast to Ganguly’s assertion a few days back that Kohli had been requested to not quit the position. Replying to the same whole talking to local media persons, Sourav Ganguly said, “No statements, no press conference. We will deal with it, leave it to (the) BCCI.”
There was talk of BCCI asking the chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma to address the media after Kohli’s explosive press conference but the BCCI eventually refrained from coming forward and making any counter statements. Virat Kohli’s comments on Wednesday brought to fore the underlying tension between him and the board members.
Commenting on Ganguly’s earlier statement, Kohli said, “Whatever was said about the communication that happened about the decision that was made was inaccurate. When I left the T20 captaincy, I had first approached BCCI and intimated them of my decision and laid down my point of view in front of them (office bearers).”
He further added, “I gave the reasons why I wanted to quit T20 captaincy and my viewpoint was received very nicely. There was no offense, no hesitation, and not for once was I told that ‘you should not leave T20 captaincy’.”
Earlier, Sourav Ganguly, in an interview with PTI, said that he had spoken to Kohli and urged him not to give up captaincy in T20Is as splot-captaincy in white-ball format were not something that the selectors wanted as there would be “too much of leadership.” Rohit Sharma is now the sole white-ball captain and has also been made Kohli’s deputy in the longest format of the game.