Sourav Ganguly speaks on Rohit's appointment as the ODI skipper
Sourav Ganguly states the reason of appointing Rohit as ODI captain
There’s a lot of hubbub on social media ever since Virat Kohli has been removed as the captain of the team from one day cricket. Even though a lot of fans understood the reason behind the decision but were enraged seeing that the board didn’t put out anything other than a tweet and also on Chetan Sharma, the head of the selection committee who didn’t even organize a virtual press conference to address the situation.
A lot of things were trending in India post that incident and Sourav Ganguly was immediately made the villain. Ganguly, who had faced some similar things back in his time, knows what it feels like as Dada had his fair share of hot and cold moments with Rahul Dravid, the then captain of the Indian Cricket Team. After being quiet for almost 24 hours, the board president finally addressed the situation and gave us the exact reason why Kohli was removed from his role as the captain of the Indian Cricket Team in the One Day format.
“It’s a call that the board and the selectors took together. Actually, the board had requested Virat not to step down as the T20I skipper but obviously, he didn’t agree and the selectors then did not feel it tight to have two different captains for two white ball formats”.
Will this create a huge difference in the performance of the players and specially Virat ‘the run-machine Kohli? Rohit is a fantastic player and is a legend of the game but there’s no denial that Virat also sits in the same chair and to some extent Kohli is slightly better than the five time Indian T20 League winning captain. Now, if there is some kind of rift between these two talented cricketers, the Indian team will be in some serious loss as a lot of World series are coming up in the next couple of years and beyond. Ganguly went on to congratulate Kohli by saying, “We thank Virat Kohli for his contribution as the captain in the white ball format”.
Rohit has been a very successful captain in the T20 format. Recently he led the team to whitewash New Zealand in the recently concluded T20 series in India. Previously he won Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka and thus the fans are hopeful for the future. While congratulating him, Ganguly said, “We have full faith in Rohit Sharma’s leadership abilities, and Virat will continue as the test captain. We as board officials are confident that Indian cricket is in good hands''. Hopefully the Prince of Calcutta is right when he says this. These two are not only the present but also the future of Indian cricket. The team needs them in the upcoming T20I series in Australia and then in the 50 over World Series in India. Thus, a lot depends on how they coexist after this sudden shake in the team.
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