Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former India captain and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has recently said that he didn’t remove Virat Kohli as Team India’s captain.

The star batsman stepped down from India’s T20I captaincy after the completion of the T20 World Cup 2021. Subsequently, he was removed from the ODI captaincy as well. Senior batsman Rohit Sharma took the mantle from Kohli. However, Kohli expressed his dissatisfaction in a press conference that he was not informed about his removal from Team India’s ODI captaincy.

During that period, several experts and fans alleged that Ganguly had a great role in removing Kohli as the captain. However, Ganguly has once again clarified that he had no role in Kohli’s removal as the captain of the Men in Blue.

“I didn’t remove Kohli from captaincy. He was not interested in leading Team India in T20Is. Subsequently, I told him if he is not interested to lead in T20Is, it’s better if he steps down as captain from the entire white ball cricket. Let there be a white ball and red ball captain,” said Ganguly during a recent interview.

Notably, Kohli was appointed as the captain of India’s ODI and T20 squads in January 2017 after MS Dhoni stepped down as India’s white ball skipper.