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The war between Kohli and Ganguly has taken another way. Rather than the ice melting, the spectators see the moment of heat between the two parties following the recent developments in Indian cricket.
From where did the Kohli and Ganguly war begin?
The story began when Virat Kohli informed the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) about his decision to step down from the T20I captainship to manage the workload and focus on other aspects of life. As decided, the recently winded-up ICC T20 World Cup 2021 was Kohli’s last task as an ODI skipper, and the expected candidate, Rohit Sharma, stepped in his boots soon after the marquee event ended.
The contradiction between Kohli and Ganguly:
It was assumed Kohli would continue to take charge of the ODIs, and Test Cricket, but the recent statements of the BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly, portray another side of the story.
He narrated the board requested Kohli to stay as the T20I captain.
“We had requested Virat not to step down as T20 captain, but he didn’t want to continue as captain,”
However, on the other hand, Kohli denies the remarks and says his retirement decision was accepted and applauded with the claim that his decision is in the right way.
“When I left the T20I captaincy, I first approached BCCI and intimated them of my decision, and laid down my point of view (office bearers). I explained 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,”
Furthermore, as Kohli is no more an ODI captain, Ganguly says the selectors did not find it appropriate to have two skippers for limited-overs cricket.
Also, the 33-year-old accepted the remarks despite his willingness to lead the men in blue in ODIs, and Tests.
The announcement that ‘decision regarding Kohli’s captainship will be considered before the South Africa series’ turned out to be shocking. In this regard, the former white-ball captain declares the board did not discuss his ODI captainship roles when he was informed about the T20I captainship retiring plans. Instead, the BCCI told him 90 minutes before naming the squad for the South Africa series citing the selectors’ willingness to opt-out of too much leadership as per Ganguly’s quotations.
“I was contacted one-and-a-half hours before the selection meeting on December 8 for the Test series. There was no prior communication to me at all from when I announced the T20I captaincy decision until the eighth (of December), where, as I said, I got a call one-and-a-half hours before the selection meeting.”
Kohli vs Ganguly Closure
Responding back to Kohli’s statements contradicting Ganguly’s prior statements, he said he does not want to add anything, and the BCCI will solely deal with the matter appropriately.
Moreover, the president claimed he loves Kohli’s attitude, but the player fights a lot.
Let’s not take this further; I have nothing to say. It is the matter of the BCCI, and they will only deal with it.”
I like Virat Kohli’s attitude, but he fights a lot.”