Team India will be traveling to South Africa in the coming week for the upcoming tour to the rainbow nation comprising of three Tests and as many ODIs. The Indian team churned out a dominating performance at home against New Zealand in the recent Test series. India has emerged as a formidable team in the recent past and they are very likely to beat South Africa in their backyard. However, the Indian team has never won a Test series in South Africa.
In 2018, India came pretty close to winning the Tes series. Indian cricket has witnessed a change in leadership as the BCCI decided to appoint Rohit Sharma as the new ODI captain as a permanent replacement Virat Kohli in the limited-over cricket. However, certain reports suggest that Virat Kohli had no intention of stepping down from the ODI captaincy. He has been sacked from the ODI captaincy by the BCCI to make way for Rohit Sharma.
And this has not gone well for the veteran Indian cricket. Some report suggests that there is some tension between Virat and the BCCI because he was handed a 48-hour ultimatum to step down from the ODI captaincy of team India and as a result, he could consider making himself unavailable for the ODI series against South Africa.
This could be a way of telling the BCCI that their means of reaching the decision have not gone down well with the Indian Test captain. Virat Kohli is seriously thinking of making such a power move and it will have an adverse effect on the team as well.
The BCCI should have given more time and thinking behind the decision rather than rushing it. Sourav Ganguly was at the same crossroads during his captaincy stint in 2005 and he was expected to handle the situation better. Moreover, if this controversy is not stopped here then this could have an adverse effect on Indian cricket. Indian management and coaching staff should do something about it.