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Big Controversy! Virat Kohli Contradicts Sourav Ganguly’s Claim

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Mumbai: India’s Test captain Virat Kohli said on Wednesday that he had made the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) aware of his decision to relinquish T20I captaincy just ahead of the T20I World Cup.

Kohli also said that it was “received well” and termed as “progressive” by the board mandarins. By doing this, he contradicted BCCI president Sourav Ganguly’s comment that suggested that the star player was requested to reconsider his move.

“When I decided to leave the T20I captaincy and approached the BCCI about my decision, it was received well. There was no offence or hesitation. I wasn’t told to reconsider it. It was received well; I was told it’s progressive and it’s (a step) in the right direction,” Kohli said at a virtual press conference on Wednesday.

“Then I told them I’d like to continue in Tests and ODIs, unless the office bearers and selectors feel otherwise. My communication was clear in what I wanted to do. I gave them the option, that if they feel I shouldn’t (remain captain in Tests and/or ODIs), the decision is in their hands,” the Test captain revealed the essence of the conversation.

However, Ganguly had earlier said that he requested Virat to not step down as T20I captain.

“It’s like I said… I personally requested him (Kohli) not to give up the T20I captaincy. Obviously, he felt the workload. Which is fine, he has been a great cricketer, he has been very intense with his cricket. He has captained for a long period of time and these things happen. Because I have captained for a long period of time; therefore, I know. Also, they wanted only one white-ball captain. And that’s why this decision,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by News18.

The 33-year-old batter also hunched what he thought could be the reason for his removal as ODI captain. “Obviously we haven’t won an ICC tournament. I understand the logic behind why they took that decision,” Kohli said in the virtual press conference.

Kohli had no qualms in praising the new white-ball captain Rohit Sharma. “Rohit Sharma is a very able captain, very tactically sound. We have seen it for India and IPL as well. Along with Rahul (Dravid) bhai, both of them will have my absolute support,” Kohli said.

ALSO READ: Rohit Sharma Replaces Virat Kohli As India’s ODI Captain

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