Former BCCI President Sourav Ganguly acknowledges lack of preparation for Virat Kohli’s Test captaincy resignation: Report

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has admitted that the board was taken by surprise by Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as the captain of the Indian Test team. Kohli, who had been leading the Test side since 2014, made the announcement following India’s series defeat against South Africa.

During a recent interaction with Aaj Tak, the former Indian captain revealed that Kohli was not asked to relinquish his role as the T20 captain ahead of the 2021 World Cup in the UAE. Ganguly stated,

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“BCCI was not prepared for Virat Kohli leaving the Test captaincy. It was unexpected for us, especially after the South Africa tour. Only Virat Kohli can provide reasons for his decision. There’s no point discussing it now because Virat left the Test captaincy. The selectors had to appoint a new captain, and Rohit was the best option at that time,” Ganguly shared exclusively with Aaj Tak.

Ganguly’s remarks come at a time when fans of Kohli have taken to social media to voice their demand for his return as the Test captain, particularly after India’s heavy defeat against Australia under Rohit Sharma’s leadership. To support their plea, fans have been sharing statistics highlighting Kohli’s success as captain. As it stands, Kohli ranks as the fourth-most successful Test captain in history, boasting 40 victories and 11 draws in 68 matches. Furthermore, his win percentage of 50 percent places him third among all 28 Test captains who led their teams in 40 or more matches.

In December 2021, Kohli had announced his decision to step down as the captain of India’s T20I team. However, he expressed his desire to continue leading the ODI and Test teams. Nevertheless, the BCCI opted to replace Kohli as the ODI captain as well. This decision faced considerable criticism, leading to speculation about a potential rift between Kohli and the BCCI.

In January 2022, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly refuted claims of any discord between Kohli and the board.