I was not told to not give up India’s T20I captaincy: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, the captain of India’s Test side, asserted that he was not informed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to not give up the T20I captaincy of the national team while speaking at a virtual press conference on Wednesday.

“I told the BCCI before giving up T20I captaincy. I told them my point of view. The BCCI received it very well. There was no offence. It was received well, saying it’s a progressive step. I told them I will continue as ODI captain and Test captain,” the 33-year-old Kohli said, answering a question about him relinquishing his T20I captaincy.

“I told them at that point, clearly, that if the office bearers or the selectors don’t want me to handle either of the responsibility, I am fine with it. I said this clearly when I approached the BCCI to discuss my T20I captaincy.”

“My communication with BCCI hasn’t happened and I wanted to rest. I was contacted one-and-a-half hours hours before the meeting. There was no communication. The five selectors told me I will not be ODI captain, which is fine,” he added.

Kohli also put to rest speculations about his availability and his equation with Rohit Sharma.

“I was and I am available for selection all the time. I never communicated with BCCI asking for rest. I am available for the ODI series in South Africa, and was always available,” he said during the pre-departure press conference.

Shortly before the start of the T20 World Cup in the UAE, Kohli had announced his decision to step down as India’s T20I captain after the tournament.

India will play three Tests against South Africa, starting December 26, followed by as many ODIs in January.

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