Virat Kohli on Wednesday held a virtual press conference, refuting BCCI President Sourav Ganguly’s statement in which Ganguly said that he had requested Virat not to give up the captaincy of T20. Kohli said that whatever communication took place about the decision taken, whatever was said about it is wrong. India Test captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday said that he was dropped from the ODI captaincy 90 minutes before the team’s selection for the tour of South Africa and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would never ask him to reconsider stepping down as the captain of the T20 side. Said as claimed by the board.

Indian Test captain Virat Kohli answered all tough questions at a press conference ahead of his departure for the South Africa tour and said he would fully support the vision of new limited-overs captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid. He said that he could understand that he was dropped for not winning the trophy in ICC limited-overs tournaments. Referring to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly’s statement that the board had urged him not to step down as it would probably not be right to have two captains in the limited-overs format, Kohli said, “Whatever communication has been taken regarding the decision taken.” Whatever happened, whatever was said about him is wrong.

“I was contacted one and a half hours before the selection meeting for the Test series on December 8 and before that, I have not been contacted since the announcement of my decision on T20 captaincy. The chief selector discussed the Test squad which we both agreed on. Before I finished, I was told that the five selectors have decided that I will not be the captain of the ODIs, to which I said ‘Okay, never mind’. On the next question, however, the differences between Kohli and the BCCI office-bearers came to the fore. But you said that you want to remain captain only till the 2023 ODI World Cup? To this Kohli laughed and asked, ‘Was this the question?’ To this, the correspondent again asked, ‘Yes, that is the question because you said that you want to continue as the captain of India’s ODI team.’

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“When I stepped down as T20 captain, I first contacted the BCCI and told them about my decision and put my point of view before them (official),” Kohli said. Giving the exact opposite information from Ganguly’s statement a few days ago, the Indian captain said, “I gave reasons why I want to leave the T20 captaincy and my point of view was well understood.” Nothing was wrong, there was no hesitation and not once was it said that you should not give up T20 captaincy. Kohli said that BCCI office-bearers termed his decision as progressive.

On the contrary, the BCCI termed it as a progressive and a step in the right direction. At that time I said that yes, I want to continue (captain) in Tests and ODIs as long as the office-bearers and selectors feel that I should carry on with this responsibility. My communication with BCCI was clear. I had given the option that if office bearers and selectors have some other opinion then it (the decision) is in their hands.