Selectors didn’t want to have two different captains for white-ball format: Sourav Ganguly on Rohit Sharma’s appointment as ODI captain

control board for Cricket In India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly appointed Rohit Sharma as the new ODI captain. cricket board removed Virat Kohli From ODI captaincy handed over to Rohit. The 33-year-old relinquished his T20I captaincy after the 2021 T20 World Cup. However, the 33-year-old did not resign from his role in ODIs as he was sacked by the BCCI.

Ganguly said the big decision was taken because the selectors did not want to have two different captains for the white-ball format.

“It is a call that the BCCI and the selectors took together. Actually, BCCI had requested Virat not to step down as T20I captain, but apparently, he did not agree. And then the selectors didn’t think it right to have two different captains for the two formats of the white ball,” Ganguly told ANI.

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The former India captain revealed that he and the selectors had talks with Kohli before Rohit was announced as the new captain.

“So it was decided that Virat would continue as the Test captain and Rohit would take over as the white-ball captain. I personally spoke to Virat Kohli as President and the chairman of selectors has also spoken to him.

Ganguly further said that the board has full faith in the abilities of the new ODI captain and thanked Kohli for his contribution.

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“We have full faith in Rohit Sharma’s leadership ability and Virat will continue to be the Test captain. We as BCCI are convinced that Indian cricket is in good hands. We thank Virat Kohli for his contribution as captain in the white-ball format,” the BCCI President said.

During his ODI captaincy stint, Kohli failed to guide India to an ICC title which always put his leadership qualities in question. However, the 33-year-old led the Men in Blue to several historic bilateral series wins, making him one of the most successful ODI captains in Indian history.

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