“The board and selectors had asked Virat To reconsider his decision to step down from T20 captaincy. At that time he had turned down this suggestion. The selectors were uncomfortable with the idea of having two captains for white-ball cricket.” Ganguly told TOI on Thursday.
stepping down as T20I captain before the second leg IPL in September, Kohli Said that he needed a place to lead India in both ODI and Test cricket as he wanted to undermine himself. However, the board had other ideas.
“There is no doubt about his Test captaincy. He has done well as ODI captain as well. But having two captains in white-ball cricket with two World Cups (one in T20I and one in ODI) was not easy Years. The selectors felt that the team needed an approach and different styles of captaincy could disrupt the plan,” Ganguly said.
The former India captain also clarified that Kohli was kept in the loop while arriving at the decision. “Chairman of the Selection Committee” Chetan Sharma And I talked to him. The picture was cleared to them… we explained the vision to them. He understood the situation and only then Rohit Was made the captain of the ODI team. The captain has been announced before the selection of the ODI team so that the new captain can also be a part of the selection process.
“It is also important that Virat is in a good position. He is a very important part of the leadership group. His batting is also very important. I am sure he will be able to turn things around and score big runs,” Ganguly said.
Continuity was considered the most important factor when Rohit was appointed as the ODI captain a month after taking over as the T20I captain. India has to play nine ODIs this year. Most of the bilateral series will be divided into ODI and T20I. This will give Rohit time to build the team.
Ganguly believes that Rohit’s experience of leading India in the past and his success as the captain of Mumbai Indians will help in a smooth transition. “Rohit’s record as a captain is exceptional. The selectors have a vision and I am sure they will share it with Rohit and the team management,” he added.