Virat Kohli Captainship Controversy: In the captaincy controversy, Virat Kohli has got the support of former Indian player Sanjay Manjrekar. Manjrekar has defended Virat and said that BCCI
Sanjay Manjrekar took the side of Virat Kohli
Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has targeted BCCI President Sourav Ganguly. Manjrekar clearly said that there was no need for Ganguly to make controversial remarks on the issue of Virat Kohli’s removal from the captaincy. This is the job of the head of the selection committee. Before the tour of South Africa, the BCCI suddenly snatched the captaincy of the ODI team from Virat Kohli. After this, there has been an earthquake in Indian cricket. It appeared that the relationship between Kohli and BCCI (Virat vs BCCI) is not cordial.
furious at Sourav Ganguly
Talking to Times Now, Sanjay Manjrekar said, “I don’t know why there should be a public conversation or any statement should have been made by the BCCI President. Whereas in reality, it is the job of the chairman of the selection committee. The chairman of the selection committee is very important in the Indian cricket administration. But it doesn’t get the importance it deserves.” Giving the example of Ricky Ponting, Manjrekar said that when he was removed from the captaincy, the selectors had clarified everything.
Before Manjrekar, former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar had also said that Ganguly should not have spoken on the issue of captaincy on behalf of the national selectors. Chetan Sharma, the head of the selection committee, should have spoken on the matter of selection or captaincy. It is the decision of the selection committee to choose or remove the captain. It does not come under Ganguly’s purview.
Virat Kohli wanted to continue as captain of the ODI and Test team
Even before the start of the T20 World Cup 2021, Virat Kohli had announced to leave the captaincy of the T20 team. Although he wanted to remain the captain of the ODI and Test teams. But after India’s disappointing performance in the T20 World Cup, Kohli was suddenly removed from the captaincy of the ODI team and Rohit Sharma was given the captaincy. Sourav Ganguly later revealed that he had requested Kohli not to step down from the T20 captaincy.
Virat Kohli refutes Ganguly’s claim
However, Virat Kohli refuted Ganguly’s claim, saying that no request made to him not to leave the captaincy. One and a half hours before the selection of the Test team for the South Africa tour, he got information about his removal from the captaincy. On the separate claims of Kohli-Ganguly, Manjrekar said, “This match should have been Kohli vs Chetan Sharma (chief selector) instead of Sourav Ganguly vs Virat Kohli.”