Ground Report | New Delhi: What is Happening in Indian Cricket team; Kohli supporters have slammed the BCCI for its ‘absurd’ decision to remove Virat Kohli as India’s ODI captain. Fans asked that Jay Shah and Sourav Ganguly be removed from the board of directors in a Twitter trend on Sunday.
What is Happening in Indian Cricket team
Under unusual circumstances, the BCCI named Rohit Sharma as Virat Kohli’s replacement. The BCCI had provided no prior information, announcement, or update regarding Kohli’s successor. When Rohit Sharma was chosen the next ODI captain when the BCCI released the Indian squad for the South Africa Test series, many people were surprised.
In addition, BCCI president Ganguly stated during the press conference that they had asked Kohli not to step down as T20I captain, but he refused. Meanwhile, in his first news conference following the captaincy change, Virat Kohli refuted what the BCCI and Ganguly had claimed previously.
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Kohli said: “When I decided to leave the T20I captaincy and approached the BCCI about my decision, it was received well, 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.”
Virat Kohli will, however, continue to lead the side in the Test format with no able replacement in the team as yet. Rohit has been elevated as the Test vice-captain with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane not being in the best of form lately.
Why Kohli Fans are against Jay Shah
Indian cricket supporters targeted BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah on Twitter for their irrational decision to fire Kohli. Among all the captains who have led India, his statistics are among the finest. Kohli has won 65 games in 95 games as captain, with a win record of above 70%. In the meanwhile, he had lost 27 games and had won 15 of the 19 bilateral series.
There has not been any official clarification regarding this from Jay Shah. “It’s a call that the BCCI and the selectors took together. Actually, the BCCI had requested Virat to not step down as the T20I skipper but obviously, he did not agree. And the selectors then did not feel it right to have two different captains for two white-ball formats,” as quoted by ANI.