Sourav Ganguly: “I didn’t remove Virat Kohli from captaincy”

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The aversion between Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli became the focal point for the media when Virat Kohli decided to step down from T20 captaincy after India’s disappointing performance in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

After leaving the T20 captaincy, Rohit Sharma was made the captain of T20, he also left the one-day and test captaincy. But he surprised the entire cricket world by claiming that he wanted to captain ODI and Test but BCCI(The Board of Control for Cricket in India) did not even once ask him to reconsider his decision regarding T20 captaincy.

At that time, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said that he had no role in the removal of Virat Kohli from the T20 captaincy of the team.

He said he asked Kohli to continue taking the lead in T20Is because the selectors felt that it was too much leadership when we have two different captains in white-ball cricket.

“I have not removed Virat from the captaincy,” Ganguly said on reality show Dadagiri Unlimited Season 10. “I have said this many times. Virat Kohli had no interest in taking the lead in T20s. After he took this decision, I told him that if you are not interested in leading in T20Is, it’s better if you step down from the entire white-ball cricket. There should be a white-ball captain and a red-ball captain.”

Virat Kohli won Player of the Tournament at ICC Men’s World Cup 2023.

Sourav Ganguly also announced that Rohit Sharma was not interested in captaining the three-format but still Somehow he managed to be able to play the captaincy role.

Ganguly said  “I pushed Rohit Sharma a little bit to take up the captaincy because he was not interested in taking the lead in all three formats of the game. Maybe I can play a small part in that, but no matter who takes charge, it’s the players.” “I was appointed president of the BCCI to work towards improving Indian cricket, that’s just a small part of it”.

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