Hardly a day passes by without Virat Kohli hogging the headlines. Be it his lack of form, extended breaks or wait for the 71st century, the former skipper is always in talks.
Talking about the former skipper, his decision to leave captaincy in early 2022 also caused a stir. The media-built narratives blaming BCCI and its president Sourav Ganguly for Kohli’s removal as the captain.
Media reports suggested that it was the BCCI that showcased the scenario as Kohli’s own decision. Meanwhile, months after the uproar, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has come forward to clear the air on the matter.
Dhumal first heaped praise on Kohli and said that Kohli is a once-in-a-lifetime player. He further backed the player to come back in form and called his contribution to the side unparalleled.
He said, ” His contribution to the Indian side is unparalleled. Thus, media reports that BCCI is trying to side-line Kohli don’t bother the board. We want to see him return to the side soon.”
He further stated that as far as selection is concerned it’s purely the selector’s call. Speaking with journalist Vimal Kumar, he said, “As far as selection is concerned, it’s purely the selector’s call.”
Dhumal further shed light on the captaincy drama in which the media tried to portray a tiff between Kohli and Ganguly.
He said that the BCCI had no role in captaincy change. It was Kohli who came to them and said that he doesn’t want to captain anymore. It was purely his decision, reckoned Dhumal.
He said, “Kohli came and said, ‘Mujhe captaincy nhi karni.’ He wanted to quit, and we respected that. And contrary to media reports, it was purely his decision.”