The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has opened up on Rohit Sharma replacing Virat Kohli as One Day Internationals (ODI) captain and said that there can’t be two white-ball captains within the Indian Men’s cricket team.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) senior selection committee on Wednesday made a grand announcement with respect to Rohit Sharma getting a authority part in all three formats of the game. Rohit was given the permanent ODI captaincy and was made vice-captain in Test cricket, too he was already designated as T20I captain after Virat ventured down from his part taking after the T20 World Cup 2021.
Ganguly talking about the big captaincy change in Indian cricket said that they had requested Kohli not to quit the T20I captaincy but he did not agree and selectors didn’t want to have two white-ball captains. He stated:
“We had requested Virat not to step down as T20I captain but he didn’t want to continue as captain. So, the selectors felt that they cannot have two white-ball captains in two white-ball formats. That’s too much of leadership.”
“I don’t know (about confusion) but that’s what they (selectors) felt. That’s how this conclusion was arrived at – that let Rohit captain in white-ball and let Virat be the red-ball skipper,” he added.
I Have Spoken To Virat Personally And Chairman Of Selectors Chetan Sharma Also Spoke To Him – Sourav Ganguly added
“We did consider that (Kohli’s outstanding record as ODI captain) but if you look at Rohit’s record in whatever ODIs he has captained for India, it’s very good. Bottom line, there can’t be two white-ball captains.”
“Yes, I have spoken to Virat personally and chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma also spoke to him on the issue.”