‘I was contacted one-and-a-half hour before SA Test team selection’: Virat Kohli on ODI captaincy

Virat Kohli on ODI captaincy: Indian Test captain Virat Kohli addressed the media on Wednesday ahead of Team India’s upcoming tour of South Africa starting December 26. Kohli has clarified that he will be available for the three-match ODI series and has never sought a break on the contrary. Along with this, he also gave his reaction to the news of rift between Rohit Sharma.

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Kohli further said, “When I decided to leave the T20I captaincy and approached the BCCI about my decision, it was received well,” Kohli said. “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 further said, “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.”

Virat Kohli on ODI captaincy

Kohli also clarified that his decision to quit as T20I captain just prior to the World Cup was “received well” and termed as “progressive” by the BCCI top brass. His words were in sharp contrast to that of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly‘s, which suggested Kohli was asked to reconsider his decision.

Virat Kohli on ODI captaincy

Kohli said, “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), when I got a call before the selection meeting.”

Kohli also clarified that there was no rift between him and Rohit. “I can understand the reasons. BCCI has taken the reasons from a logical point of view. There is no problem between me and Rohit Sharma. I have been clarifying for the past two years and I am tired. None of my actions or decisions will be to take the team down,” he said.

Let us tell you that on December 8, along with the announcement of the Indian Test team for the South Africa tour, it was also announced that Rohit Sharma was made the new captain by snatching the captaincy from Virat Kohli. According to the news, since then there was a controversy over this decision of BCCI.

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