Thursday, December 8, 2022



Why is Virat Kohli unable to participate T20 in Africa tour



In the latest, Indian Test captain Virat Kohli had stepped down as T20I captain after the T20 World Cup but stated his intention to continue as ODI captain. However, on the 8th December, the BCCI that Rohit Sharma has been selected as the captain of the Indian ODI and T20I setup whereas Ajinkya Rahane has been replaced as India’s limited-overs captain.

As the reports surfaced about Rohit Sharma’s exit, the likelihood of Virat Kohli was also be seen skipping out of the One-day international series. As per the media reports the main reason behind Virat Kohli’s decision to skip the T20I tour of Africa wa T20 World Cups mentioned was his daughter’s birthday in January.

The ODI captaincy has also been stripped from Virat Kohli, who stepped down as India’s T20 captain at the end of the Twenty-Twenty (T20) World Cup 2021 in the United Arab Emirates. Rohit Sharma is expected to lead India in ODIs in South Africa but while during a training session in Mumbai Rohit got hurt by a hamstring and was supplanted by the right-handed batsman and right-arm medium-pace bowler Priyank Panchal.

Since Virat Kohli was replaced by the BCCI abruptly;

there have been talks of “disagreement”. While the current captain Rohit Sharma has praise on Virat Kohli as the captain, reports suggest that all is not well in the Indian cricket camp. The sudden ouster of Virat Kohli as the ODI captain on Wednesday put further pressure on the Mumbai lad.

Even in a recent statement, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has been quoted as saying that Kohli quit despite requesting him to continue the T20 captaincy. Hence, India could not have two captains in the limited-overs format. Ganguly did not explain why it took so long for the BCCI and selectors to grasp that in the lesser versions of the game, India cannot have two captains. The inside story of Kohli’s demotion will never emerge in an ecosystem where communication is virtually non-existent and only selectively ‘leaked’.

Virat Kohli has refuted BCCI President Sourav Ganguly saying that no communication was made to him regarding not giving up the T20I captaincy. He also dismissed reports that he would be ruled out of the ODI leg of the South Africa tour. In a recent statement released by Rohit, he said,

“A batter of his quality is always needed in the squad. To have an average of 50 plus in the T20 format, is crazy and unreal. Obviously, with the experience, Kohli batted and bailed India out so many times from difficult situations,”.

In a long statement, he said

“I was contacted one-and-a-half hours before the selection meeting on the 8th (December) for the Test series,” Kohli said at the press departure. “There was no prior communication to me at all since I announced the T20I captaincy decision until the 8th of December, where I got a call before the selection meeting. I was never told not to give up T20I captaincy. The chief selector discussed with me the Test team, to which we both agreed. And before ending the call, I was told the five selectors had decided I will not be the ODI captain, to which I replied, ‘okay, fine. In the selection call afterward, we chatted about it briefly. That’s what happened. There was no communication prior to that at all,”

The Indian test captain, Virat Kohli, confirmed that he’ll be participating in the three ODIs going to be held in South Africa beginning from 26th December. He said “I was and am available for selection all the time. All these people, writing lies, are absolutely not credible.

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