The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced Rohit Sharma as skipper for the ODIs. Rohit had earlier taken over the T20I leadership as well after Virat Kohli stepped down as captain. Kohli had earlier stated that he wants to continue as ODI and Test skipper thus the BCCI’s sudden decision to name Rohit as skipper raised several eyebrows.
Now if reports are to be believed, Kohli was sacked as ODI skipper after he refused to step down as captain.
It was earlier reported that a few senior players were not happy with Kohli’s style of leadership. The differences were exaggerated when India lost the 2019 World Cup semifinal and Test Championship final. The team’s exit from the recently concluded 20-20 World Cup from the group stage was the final nail in the coffin. With two global events in two years, BCCI wanted the leadership to change hands and named Rohit as captain.
Despite the recent saga, one cannot take away the fact that Kohli was one of the most successful India skippers in ODIs. He finishes his ODI captaincy with 65 wins in 95 matches. One of the highlights of Kohli’s ODI captaincy stint was the bilateral series victories in SENA countries.