Ahead of the team’s departure for the South Africa tour, India skipper Virat Kohli addressed the media in a virtual press conference. Kohli spoke on various news circulating in the media. This was the first instance of Virat Kohli making any sort of statement after being sacked as ODI skipper.
In a shocking move, the board sacked Kohli and Rohit as the leader in ODIs. Kohli had earlier expressed his wish to lead India in ODIs and Tests. However BCCI didn’t want split captaincy in ODI format thus they made Rohit captain in both limited overs format. Kohli also revealed that the selection committee told him about the development just about an hour before announcing Rohit as captain.
Speaking on his sacking, Kohli said the move does make sense as he has failed to lead India to a win in a global event. “I can understand why, the reason, we haven’t won an ICC tournament. Whether the decision they took is right or wrong, there’s no debate. It’s a logical decision which I understand,” said Kohli during a virtual press conference.
Kohli also said he will support Rohit Sharma as captain. “Rohit is a very able captain, tactically very sound. We’ve seen that in the games he’s captained for India and in the IPL with Mumbai Indians as well. So along with Rahul bhai, who is a very balanced coach and great man-manager, both will have my absolute support and my contribution in whatever vision they set for the team.”
“I will be there to support that 100 per cent and continue to be a guy who can push the team in the right direction going forward in ODIs and T20Is. Well, I can’t comment if me not being captain will leave a positive impact on my batting, those things no one can predict. I have taken a lot of pride in performing as a captain for the team and I’ve done the best that I could. I think what I know is my motivation levels to perform won’t dip at all, I will always be prepared and eager to perform in the same manner,” he added.
Meanwhile, Kohli also quashed the rumours of him skipping the ODI series against South Africa and blasted the agencies spreading fake news.