Rohit Sharma replaced Kohli as the ODI skipper, and since then there have been different versions put forward by Kohli and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, which have led to speculations among fans and pundits.
“It is important to have harmony among one another, it is important to communicate before you take an important decision. Egos play a very big role in an individual’s life. That should not be there. Kohli is a powerful player. The selection committee and BCCI president have their power, it is important to have harmony to sort out all the issues,” Kirmani told ANI.
A day after Kohli was removed as the ODI captain, Ganguly had told ANI that he had indeed spoken to Virat regarding the leadership change, adding that he had requested Virat to also not give up the T20I captaincy.
“It’s a call that the BCCI and the selectors took together. Actually, the BCCI had requested Virat to not step down as the T20I skipper but obviously he did not agree. And the selectors then did not feel it right to have two different captains for two white-ball formats,” Ganguly had told ANI.
“So it was decided that Virat will continue as Test captain and Rohit will take over as the white-ball captain. I, as (BCCI) president, personally spoke to Virat Kohli and the chairman of selectors has also spoken to him,” the BCCI president had added.
However, Virat Kohli held a press conference and contradicted Ganguly, saying he was never asked to not leave the T20I captaincy.
“Whatever was said about the communication that happened during the decision that was made was inaccurate. I was contacted one-and-a-half hours before the selection meeting…for the Test series (in South Africa),” said Kohli while replying to a query from ANI during a virtual press conference.