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Controversial day in Indian cricket: What happened after Virat Kohli’s explosive statements – Key points

There was very little information about India’s tour of South Africa as Virat Kohli sat down to take questions in the customary pre-departure press conference ahead of the tour He didn’t hold back and dismissed rumours and addressed other important issues. However, his explosive comments gave rise to a lot of new questions that remain unanswered.

Virat Kohli was on the headlines over the last couple of days as rumours of a rift between him and limited-overs captain Rohit Sharma was doing rounds. The timing of Kohli quitting as T20I captain and the way he was removed as ODI captain gave rise to a lot of speculations and rumours that he won’t be a part of South Africa’s ODI tour at all. However, Kohli kept his calm and answered some pressing questions about the recent turn of events and his sacking of ODI captain on December 8.

  • He said that he was available for selection all this time. He added that he didn’t have any conversation with BCCI about taking a leave.
  • He said that he was informed by the BCCI chief selector, Chetan Sharma that he was removed as ODI captain 90 minutes before the announcement was made public and official.
  • His statement contradicted BCCI president Sourav Ganguly’s claim that the former skipper had talked to him personally and urged him not to leave the T20I captaincy. He added that the decision him leaving T20I was discussed with BCCI and they took it progressively.
  • Kohli made it clear to the BCCI in September that he wanted to continue as ODI and T20I captain but he would be happy to accept any decision taken by the ‘BCCI office-bearers or the selectors’.
  • He said that BCCI’s decision to remove him as ODI captain was logical because of how things turned out at ICC T20 World Cup but he was not pleased with the way it was informed to him.
  • On the other hand, according to India Today reports, a BCCI source said that the selector had told him not to quit the T20I captaincy in September and chief selector Chetan Sharma had informed about the removal of ODI captaincy in the morning itself.
  • He added that he will fully support his team and praised Rohit Sharma for his excellent skills. He said that not being captain will not affect his commitment to the team at all.

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