Former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, said that he was informed 90 minutes before he was sacked from the captaincy of the Indian cricket team. His statements came on Wednesday, just a few days after he was removed from the captaincy of the team in white-ball formats.
Virat Kohli had quit as the skipper of the Indian T20 side, he was removed as the captain of the ODI side as well. Another Indian cricketer, Rohit Sharma, had replaced him as the captain. The surprising decision came at the end of the press release issued by the Board of Control for Cricket in India over the Test squad for South Africa.
“I was contacted one and a half hours before the selection meeting on the 8th for the Test series and there was no prior communication to me at all,” Kohli said while talking to the reporters before the departure of the Indian cricket team for South Africa.
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“Before ending the call I was told that the five selectors had decided that I would not be the ODI captain, to which I replied, ‘ok fine,” the 33-year-old said. India will be playing 3 Test matches and 3 ODIs against South Africa.
Kohli will still captain India in the Test matches, however, will not play the ODI matches, said the media reports. The cricketer, however, denied the news and added that he is available for selection. He slammed the Indian media for writing lies. “I was always keen to play,” he said.
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Virat Kohli was removed from the captaincy of the Indian cricket team following the poor performance of the team in the recently concluded, T20 Cricket World Cup. India had failed to qualify for the semi-final, with losing matches against Pakistan and New Zealand at the earlier stage.