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Sourav Ganguly responds to Virat Kohli’s explosive statements: “We will deal with it”

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Sourav Ganguly responded to Virat Kohli’s explosive statements in his press conference on Wednesday where he made a number of stunning allegations aimed at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Kohli decided to step down as captain after the 2021 T20 World Cup and while he was reportedly asked not to by Sourav Ganguly, the 33-year-old still decided to go ahead with his decision.

However, Kohli revealed earlier this week that no such conversation had taken place and that he had been informed one and a half hour before the Test team selection of the decision to strip him of the captaincy of the ODI team.

Kohli further detailed :

“Whatever was said about the communication that happened during the decision that was made was inaccurate. And there was no prior communication with me since I announced the T20I captaincy decision up till December 8.”

Kohli added that his decision to step down as India’s T20I captain was “received well” by the BCCI but no one asked him to reconsider his decision.

Ganguly had previously stated that he personally spoke with Kohli and asked him to reconsider his decision. The BCCI president further revealed that he personally spoke with Kohli about his decision along with the chairman of selectors.

Sourav Ganguly said :

“It was decided that Virat will continue as Test captain and Rohit will take over as the white-ball captain. I as President personally spoke to Virat Kohli and the chairman of selectors has also spoken to him,”

In response to Kohli’s statements this week, Ganguly told the media on Thursday:

“No statements, no press conference. We will deal with it, leave it to (the) BCCI.”

Kohli was India’s second most successful captain in T20Is after MS Dhoni, having led the team to 30 wins out of 50 games, and losing just 16. Kohli’s final game as captain was India’s last game of the T20I World Cup against Namibia which the Men in Blue won comfortably by nine wickets.

Following Kohli’s decision, Rohit Sharma was appointed as India’s captain in both forms of white-ball cricket, leaving Kohli to captain the side in Test cricket.

The team travelled to South Africa, where they took on the Proteas in a three-match Test series, beginning December 26 at Centurion. Three ODIs follow, but the previously-scheduled T20 matches have been postponed due to the outbreak of the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron.

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