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In the recent developments of Indian Cricket, or it can be said the worldwide international cricket, ‘Kohli and Ganguly’ has been the debatable frenzy topic over the last week and there are still spicy remarks to be added to the plot soon.
The story began from the point when Virat Kohli informed the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) about his decision to give up T20I captaincy. Kohli, now a dad, bid farewell to the T20I captaincy after the recently coiled-up ICC T20 World Cup 2021 as decided earlier to focus on the rest of the aspects of his life.
As concluded by his recent press conference, where he made distinct claims in regards, he said giving up T20I captaincy was his own choice but he wanted to lead team India in One-Day format and the Test Cricket.
As decided earlier, Rohit Sharma became the new candidate to lead the men in blue in T20Is. However, the sudden announcement from last weeks shocked the cricket world as the BCCI reports stated ‘the decision if Kohli will continue as an ODI skipper or not will be taken before the South Africa tour’.
The moments after the BCCI named the squad for the South Africa series, as expected, Kohli lost his ODI captainship with Sharma being his successor. Sharma’s first task as an ODI skipper will be leading the team against South Africa this December.
The plot has left Kohli himself and his fans broken, however, Sourav Ganguly, the president of the BCCI tells a different story.
He narrates the board and he personally requested Kohli to stay as the T20I captain, however, Kohli, in his recent press conference denied the claims saying his retirement was accepted happily.
He further had added that the selectors find it inappropriate to have two separate captains for limited-over captainship, hence, Sharma was chosen whilst Kohli was sacked.
Whatever was said about the communication that happened about the decision that was made was inaccurate. I was contacted one-and-a-half hours before the selection meeting on December 8 for the Test series and there was no prior communication to me at all since I announced my decision on T20I captaincy.
“When I left the T20I 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). 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’,”
As of now, Ganguly says there will not be any press conference and the board will legally and appropriately deal with the matter itself.
Ganguly’s recent remark:
“No press conference. We will deal with it appropriately, leave it to (the) BCCI.”
What is the main problem between Kohli and Ganguly?
It must be noted that the only contradiction between Kohli and Ganguly seems Ganguly’s remarks of “T20I captainship request offer” by the board which Kohli says was never offered and the decision was happily accepted with no ifs and buts. On the other hand, he was already informed that five of the selectors did not want him as an ODI skipper despite his wishes but he was okay with the decision in the end.
Opined, both of them have done a lot for India Cricket but there seems a block of political ice freezing between the two following some fabricated statements, marinated lies, political agendas, and relevant talks. Kohli, with an immense support system from across the globe, is collecting the love of fans as #WorldStandswithKohli trends on social media with billions of bashes for BCCI.
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