This year has been very disheartening for Virat Kohli and Indian fans. Just before the start of the second leg of the 14th season of IPL. Virat Kohli decided to leave the T20 Captaincy as the T20 WC 2021 would be his last assignment as a skipper. A few days followed by this decision he also decided to quit Captaincy of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Team India performed really badly in the World Cup and was not able to make it into the final four. Things became harder for Virat when his ODI captaincy was Sacked by BCCI and was replaced by Rohit Sharma just before the South Africa tour.
After that Virat Fans were heartbroken at the manner Virat’s Captaincy ended in white ball Cricket. And the contradicting Statements by Virat and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, things have become more complicated in Indian Cricket. Many former cricketer and experts have shared their opinion through different platforms.
Sunil Gavaskar, former Indian Cricketer said in an interview with India Today: “I think I also saw the release(by Kohli) because it was in the public domain. I think you know the way it was put across, it might have upset the ones in power. If I remember correctly it said- I will continue to lead India in Test and ODIs.”
According to Sunil Gavaskar, Virat should have not written “I will continue to lead India in Test and ODIs.” as it would have upset the ones in power, where the ones in power refer to office bearers of BCCI and the selection committee.
Sunil Gavaskar’s exact words –
“The presumptions he would be the captain for Test and ODIs could have been one of the reasons why there was this little anti-feeling against him. I guess that one line might have actually been the cause where it(the idea of Kohli’s captaincy axing) actually started.”
Virat announced his statements through a post on social media platforms
Instead of that one statement, Virat could have worded it a bit better like “I would be available to lead India in Test and ODIs,” said Sunil Gavaskar.
He then elaborated how the release may have looked ‘orderly’ to higher officials. Kohli’s presumptions about captaincy status may have brought his fall and developed some “anti-feeling” to him, thinks Gavaskar.