Mumbai: The BCCI made a big announcement on Wednesday replacing Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma as the Indian team’s new ODI captain. The move came along with the news of Rohit’s appointment as the vice-captain of the Indian Test squad as well which will face South Africa in a three-match Test series from December 26.
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2021
After India’s horrendous exit from the World Cup, Kohli stepped down from the role of leading the side in the shortest format thought he kept the ODI leadership under his sleeves.
However as per recent reports, BCCI waited for the last 48 hours for Kohli to voluntarily step down from ODI leadership as well but he did not. So the governing body took matters into their hands.
The rift between Virat and the board has intensified even more after the side’s recent failures at the ICC tournaments and rumors emerged that the fiery Delhi man was showcasing stubborn character in handling the situation. It will be interesting to see how Virat adapts to the situation from hereon. Statistically, though, Virat is still good in red-ball cricket and also in T20’s but under his regime, India failed to lift any major ICC trophy and player under the expectations which rouse questions on the credibility of his job.
Though this type of roll change gets announced via press conferences but it seemed like BCCI and its national selection committee sacked the star man, who perhaps harbored the ambition of leading India at home in the 2023 ODI World Cup.
However, it looked like Kohli dared the BCCI and was reluctant to give up his captaincy even after the T20 World Cup and World Test Championship final failure but the parent body went ahead and almost slapped their decision on the 33-year-old Delhi man who had no other option but to accept it.