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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former Manager of the Indian Cricket team and ex-IPL Chairman, Ranjib Biswal on Sunday claimed that Virat Kohli resigned from the Indian Test captainship following discontentment with BCCI.

"After removing Virat as the skipper from the ODIs following his resignation from T20 team captaincy, the board had given him a clear signal to step down from the red-ball captainship," said Biswal.

"Kohli's case was completely mishandled by the BCCI. There was clearly a communication gap between Kohli and the BCCI officials which was evident from Virat and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly's tweets, said the former India U-19 captain.

"Stepping down of coach Ravi Shastri followed by Kohli's resignation from the T20 captainship and the ODI saga were all sequences leading to his departure from the Test captainship," said Biswal.

However earlier, Ganguly had said that Kohli's decision to quit Test captaincy was his personal one.

"Under Virat's leadership Indian cricket has made rapid strides in all formats of the game..his decision is a personal one and BCCI respects it immensely ..he will be an important member to take this team to newer heights in the future. A great player. well done .. @BCCI @imVkohli," Ganguly had tweeted.

Kohli on Saturday ended his seven-year reign as India's most successful Test captain, a day after an unexpected 1-2 series loss against South Africa. Under Kohli, India has won 40 out of 68 Tests with memorable series triumphs in England and Australia.

(Edited by Suryakant Jena)

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