In a shocking turn of events, Rohit Sharma was announced as the ODI skipper of Team India replacing Virat Kohli. Now, Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly has opened up on the controversial decision of removing Kohli from captaincy as he got replaced by Rohit Sharma, who was previously named the T20 skipper. ‘The Hitman’ was appointed as the skipper in the shortest format of the game after Kohli stepped down from captaincy following the forgettable run of the Men in Blue in the ICC T20 World Cup.
Sourav Ganguly opens up on the decision
Sourav Ganguly stated that Team India couldn’t have afforded to have two different captains in the white-ball formats. Ganguly is considered as one of the India’s greatest captains and he believes tha he and the BCCI had urged Kohli to not resign as India’s T20I skipper, but the latter went forward with his decision. The veteran also mentioned that having two different captains for ODIs and T20Is may not be ideal for the Men in Blue going forward.
Here is what Sourav Ganguly said: “We had requested Virat not to step down as T20I captain but he didn’t want to continue as captain. So, the selectors felt that they cannot have two white-ball captains in two white-ball formats. That’s too much of leadership,” Ganguly was quoted as saying in India Today.
“I don’t know (about confusion) but that’s what they (selectors) felt. That’s how this conclusion was arrived at – that let Rohit captain in white-ball and let Virat be the red-ball skipper. We did consider that (Kohli’s outstanding record as ODI captain) but if you look at Rohit’s record in whatever ODIs he has captained for India, it’s very good. Bottom line, there can’t be two white-ball captains,” he stated.
The bilateral ODI series at home earlier this year marked Kohli’s final assignment as Team India’s captain in the format. India secured a 2-1 win in the series.
Ganguly also wished luck for Rohit Sharma to showcase his leadership qualities in India’s upcoming assignments starting with South Africa tour. Recently, India won the three-match T20I series against New Zealand 3-0 under Rohit’s leadership. Previously, his crowning achievement came in the form of an Asia Cup in 2018.