Chetan Sharma : Kohli not asked to quit T20 captaincy

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New Delhi, Jan 1 : Chief Selector Chetan Sharma has contradicted Team India Test captain Virat Kohli’s claims that he was never asked to quit the T20 captaincy and was informed about his removal from ODI captaincy only 90 minutes before the Test squad selection for South Africa tour.

“Everyone at the meeting had asked Virat to reconsider his decision to quit T20 captaincy. It can be discussed after the World Cup,” Sharma told reporters on Friday after announcing the ODI team for the South Africa tour.

He said BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah were present in the meeting and they said that Virat’s decision would affect India in the World Cup.

“Kohli had made up his mind. He is the bedrock of the team and if he has taken a decision, we respect it, but we all asked him to reconsider,” he said.

Kohli had earlier contradicted Ganguly, saying, “I wasn’t told you don’t leave the T20 captaincy. Instead, it was received well; I was told it’s a very progressive step and in the right direction.”

Ganguly had reasoned that Kohli’s replacement as T20 captain was a lead up to replacing him as ODI captain. However, Kohli’s denial created a controversy, pitting himself against Ganguly.

Asked why Kohli was informed 90 minutes before the team announcement for the South Africa Tests, Sharma said it was not the right time to do it in the middle of the World Cup.

“We were only thinking that the decision should not affect us in the World Cup. We have to cool things down. At that time, we didn’t have the time to think about split captaincy, we had only requested that this can be discussed later. Everybody on the board said that,” he said.

But later, Kohli agreed to having one white-ball captain, Sharma added.

On the alleged rift between Kohli and Rohit, Sharma laughed it out on speculations saying that he was part of the media for 20 years and one should not do it.

“They are working together as a family, team and unit,” he said.


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