The BCCI President and former Indian cricket team captain Sourav Ganguly has finally opened up on Rohit Sharma’s appointment as the Indian cricket team’s ODI captain.
On Wednesday, the 8th of December, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the senior selection committee announced the Indian team’s squad for the upcoming South Africa Test series.
In the very same press release, they also confirmed that Rohit Sharma has been appointed as the new Indian cricket team’s ODI captain, meaning that he completely takes over as Indian team’s limited overs captain.
The Mumbai cricketer was also appointed the captain of the team for the T20I format after Virat Kohli decided to step down as India’s T20I captain to manage his workload.
While a part of fans are very happy with the decision, a part of fans are not. According to various reports, Virat Kohli didn’t wanted to step down as ODI captain, still the BCCI went ahead with Rohit Sharma.
Sourav Ganguly speaks on Rohit Sharma’s appointment
The BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has received a lots of criticism after this. Sourav Ganguly has finally spoken on the situation.
In an exclusive interview with ANI, Sourav Ganguly revealed that it is the BCCI and the selectors’ call to appoint Rohit Sharma as the ODI captain.
Ganguly stated that the BCCI had asked Virat Kohli to not step down as T20I captain, but he didn’t agree to it, and the selectors felt it wrong to have 2 different white ball captains as the reason.
Saurav Ganguly (in ANI) said "BCCI had requested Virat Kohli to not step down as the T20I skipper but he didint agree – and selectors then feel it's not right to have two captains in white ball format".— ShaYan Vfc (@ShaYanVK18) December 9, 2021
It is to be noted that from now on, Rohit Sharma will captain the Indian cricket team in only the One Day Internationals (ODI) and T20 Internationals (T20I) format, while Virat Kohli will continue to captain the Test side, while Rohit Sharma has been named the new vice-captain for the Test team, replacing Ajinkya Rahane.
India vs South Africa Series
Indian team is at the moment preparing for the upcoming South Africa later towards the end of the month. The series will comprise of 3 Test matches as part of the World Test Championship and as many ODI matches, beginning from the 26th December.