Rohit was appointed India’s white-ball captain by the BCCI who said the selectors had “decided” the 34-year–old should take charge of the T20 and ODI teams going forward. Kohli announced his decision to step down as captain of the shorter format of the game, but the BCCI believed it would be better to have one captain leading the side in the white-ball format of the game.
Following that decision, reports claimed that Kohli had an issue with Rohit’s appointment and refused to play under him in the upcoming ODI series in South Africa.
However, during a press conference earlier this week, India’s Test captain rubbished the rumours, insisting that there is no rift between him and Rohit.
“Between me and Rohit, I have already addressed this on several occasions, there is no problem at all,” Kohli said. “Honestly from the last two or two-and-a-half years I have been clarifying regularly and I am now tired of clarifying this point because that question is repeatedly asked of me.”
Kohli led India’s ODI team for five years, and despite the country’s failure to win an ICC tournament under his leadership, they finished runners-up at the 2017 Champions Trophy and were losing semi-finalists at the 50-over World Cup in 2019.
And Kohli admitted those results could have prompted the BCCI to consider sacking him from his position. He added: “Reasons, obviously we have not won an ICC tournament. Reasons I can understand. The decision BCCI took was from a logical point of view, which is totally understandable and I can understand that.”
Kohli also claimed in the same press conference that no conversation had taken place with the BCCI or the selectors before he was given his marching orders, despite president Sourav Ganguly claiming otherwise.
The 33-year-old added that he was informed one and a half hours before the Test team selection of the decision to strip him of the captaincy of the ODI team. He also claimed 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.
Kohli is currently ranked seventh, second, and 11th in the ICC rankings for batters in Tests, ODIs, and T20Is respectively.