Kohli’s five-year reign as ODI captain came to an end with his dismissal from the position. While his record is impressive – just three captains have a better win-loss record in 50 or more men’s ODIs – India failed to win an ICC event during his tenure. India finished second in the 2017 Champions Trophy and lost in the 50-over World Cup semi-finals in 2019. In Kohli’s lone T20 World Cup as captain, held in the UAE in October-November, India was eliminated after two losses to Pakistan and New Zealand in the group stage.
Virat Kohli was notified of his dismissal as India’s ODI captain just one-and-a-half hours before the Test squad selection meeting in South Africa, he claimed at a news conference on Wednesday. Kohli also claimed that the BCCI had not communicated about the ODI captaincy between September 16, when he declared that he would step down as T20I captain at the end of the T20 World Cup, and December 8, when the South Africa-bound Test squad was named.
Kohli denied allegations of a breach with Rohit, who is now India’s overall white-ball leader, claiming the two had “no concerns.”
“I’ve clarified before – I’m tired of clarifying since it’s been asked so many times,” he remarked. “I can assure you that any action I take, any statement I make, will not be used to undermine the team until I play cricket. That’s how serious I am about Indian cricket.”
“One thing I can say about captaincy is that I’ve been honest about the duty and done it to the best of my ability. That’s how I’d describe my limited-overs captaincy. When it comes to batting, you know how to perform when you’ve done well at the international level. Those things aren’t going away. It’s all about being aware of your responsibilities.”
Kohli further emphasised that his choice to resign as T20I captain soon before the World Cup was “fully received” by the BCCI’s top brass, who described it as “progressive.” His statements contrasted sharply with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly’s, who said Kohli had been asked to reconsider his decision.
He said I was and am available for selection (for the ODIs) when I asked about his ODI availability,” he claimed. “I was approached 1.5 hours before the meeting by selectors, we discussed the Test selection, and then top selectors told me I wouldn’t be the ODI captain, which I accepted.” There had been no prior contact.”
Kohli is now placed seventh, second, and eleventh in the ICC rankings for hitters in Tests, One-Day Internationals, and Twenty-20 Internationals, respectively, with averages of over 50 in all three forms. However, he hasn’t hit a century since November 2019, a figure that has alarmed some onlookers. Isn’t being the white-ball captain supposed to free him up as a batter?