Shortly before the start of this year’s T20 World Cup in the UAE, Kohli had announced his decision to step down as India’s T20I captain after the tournament.
“When I decided to leave the T20I captain and approached BCCI about my decision, it was well received,” Kohli said. “There was no insult or hesitation. I was not told to reconsider it. It was well received; I was told it is progressive and it is (a step) in the right direction,” Kohli said on a virtual press conference Wednesday.
“Then I told them I would like to continue in trials and ODIs unless the officials and voters feel otherwise. My communication was clear in what I wanted to do. I gave them the opportunity that if they felt I should not (remain captain in tests and / or ODIs), the decision is in their hands, “he added.
In particular, BCCI President Ganguly had previously said he was asking Virat not to resign as T20I captain.
“It’s like I said? I asked him (Kohli) personally not to give up the T20I captaincy. It’s clear he felt the workload. Which is fine, he’s been a great cricketer, he’s been very intense with his cricket. “He’s been captain for a long time and these things are happening. Because I’ve been captain for a long time; that’s why I know. Also, they only wanted one white ball captain. And that’s why this decision,” Ganguly said. told News 18.
The 33-year-old also mentioned what he thinks could be the reason for his dismissal as ODI captain.
“Of course we did not win an ICC tournament. I understand the logic behind why they made that decision,” Kohli said.
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The star owner also praised India’s new white ball captain, saying: “Rohit Sharma is a very capable captain, very tactically sound. We have also seen it for India and IPL. Together with Rahul (Dravid) bhai, they both want my absolute support.”