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Captaincy Saga To Rift With BCCI: Virat Kohli And His Brush With Controversies

Wearing his heart on his sleeves, Kohli has been known to mince no words when he is on the field which has often landed him in controversies.

Virat Kohli And His Brush With Controversies
Between the T20I and Test team decisions, the BCCI decided to crack the whip and sacked Kohli from the captaincy of the ODI team too. (Photo:PTI)

VIRAT Kohli, one of the finest Indian batters and captains, has had more than his fair share of controversies in the last few months. Once the undisputed leader of the Indian Test as well as the One Day International and T20I teams, Kohli has seen his graph plummet in recent weeks.

Wearing his heart on his sleeves, Kohli has been known to mince no words when he is on the field which has often landed him in controversies.

Here’s a look at some of the recent controversies which have kept Kohli in the news for all the wrong reasons”

Angry Outburst on Stump Mic

During the South Africa-India Test series, Virat Kohli was livid with the DRS (Decision Review System) that helped South Africa captain Dean Elgar survive a close leg in the Crucial third match that the hosts went on to win.

“Focus on your team as well when they shine the ball eh, not just the opposition. Trying to catch people all the time,” Kohli was heard saying on the stump-mic. Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and vice-captain KL Rahul were also heard accusing SuperSport (host broadcaster responsible for Hawk-eye) of manipulating the Hawk-eye data.

End Of Captaincy Era

Kohli had relinquished the T20 captaincy after the T20 World Cup in September-October 2021, citing workload and underperformance. He took to Twitter and announced his resignation but also mentioned his desire to continue as the ODI and Test captain. On January 15, 2022, he took to Twitter and announced his resignation as the Test captain of the Indian team too.

“Understanding workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all 3 formats and captaining regularly for last 5-6 years, I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian team in Test and ODI cricket,” Kohli posted on September 16, 2021 on Twitter.

Between the T20I and Test team decisions, the BCCI decided to crack the whip and sacked Kohli from the captaincy of the ODI team too.

Notably, Sourav Ganguly, in an interview to News18, had said that he personally requested Virat Kohli to not step down as T20I. Kohli contradicted Ganguly’s claims that the latter had spoken to him and urged him to not give up the T20I captaincy.

Virat Kohli VS Sourav Ganguly

On December 8, 2021, BCCI announced India’s Test Squad for the South Africa series, the last line of the press release mentioned Rohit Sharma’s appointment as the ODI captain in place of Virat Kohli.

Kohli later alleged that there was no clear communication between him and BCCI before he was removed as ODI captain. He accused that no one told him not to give up captaincy.

On the other hand, Ganguly made it clear that they didn’t want two different white-ball captains. Ganguly cleared the air, saying that he personally spoke to Kohli about the issue and considered Rohit as the ideal candidate to take up the role. He also said that things fell perfectly into place for Rohit following an impressive T20I series win against New Zealand.

Virat Kohli’s Explosive Press Conference

Virat Kohli’s explosive press conference before the departure of the Indian team to South Africa in December 2021 grabbed the headlines. This was the first time that Kohli made a public appearance after he was sacked as ODI captain. He cleared the air and made several revelations that painted a whole new picture to the media and public.

He also shed light on the events leading to Rohit Sharma being appointed as ODI captain. Kohli alleged that it was 90 minutes prior to the announcement of the South Africa team, that he was informed that he would no longer continue to be the ODI captain.

Former Indian selector Sarandee Singh said that he was shocked by Virat Kohli’s comments and added that it is the duty of the selection committee to select players and captain, not the BCCI.

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