As per a report in Cricbuzz Plus, some team insiders and those close to Virat Kohli revealed that he was unable to concentrate on his batting due to captaincy pressure. During low times and failure in ICC tournaments, Kohli would tell his closed ones that he would step down from the role.
“He had often said that confidentially…that he would give up the white-ball captaincy,” said a source conversant with the development,” the source was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz Plus.
Also, there was a belief in the BCCI camp that Kohli ‘the batter’ was more important than Kohli ‘the captain.’ Ganguly revealed that he spoke personally to Virat and he accepted the decision.
He also backed Rohit to do well in his new role. “If you look at Rohit’s record in whatever ODIs he has captained for India [eight wins in ten games], it’s very good. Bottom line – there can’t be two white-ball captains. I can’t explain more about what all was discussed and what selectors have said, but this is the primary reason for having Rohit as white-ball captain, and Virat accepted it,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.