Arun Dhumal discusses Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as India captain. Virat Kohli, India’s all-format captain, stepped down in January of this year.
After a 1-2 series defeat in South Africa, Virat Kohli stepped down as India’s all-format captain in January of this year. It’s been nearly seven months since then, and now a top Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official has come forward to explain what prompted Kohli to step down as captain.
After the conclusion of the T20 World Cup in the UAE last November, the 33-year-old decided to step down as India’s T20I captain. However, the BCCI stripped him of his ODI captaincy in December and replaced him with Rohit Sharma.
While BCCI President Sourav Ganguly stated that the decision was made after consultation with Kohli, the latter denied it to the media during a pre-departure press conference for the South Africa series, claiming that the national cricket board did not keep him in the loop.
It was Virat decision to step down as captain: Arun Dhumal
Arun Dhumal, BCCI treasurer, stated that Kohli made the decision on his own and that the board respected his decision. “As you can see, Virat is not a straightforward player.” He is a cricketing legend whose contribution to Indian cricket is unparalleled. It’s incredible. As a result, such debates (the board’s attempt to sideline Kohli) continue in the media without having any effect on us.
“We want him to return to form as soon as possible, and we leave team selection to the selectors.” It’s up to them how they want to go about it,” Dhumal said on his YouTube channel to veteran sports journalist Vimal Kumar.
“As far as captaincy is concerned, it was his decision. He made the decision that mujhe ab nahi karni hai captaincy (I don’t want to be captain). It’s possible that someone believes it’s best to wait until after the World Cup, but that’s just their opinion. But he wanted to leave, and it was entirely his choice. And we honored it. He has made so many contributions to Indian cricket that everyone on the cricket board looks up to him. “We want to see Virat in action on the field,” he added.