Former India captain and current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has revealed that he had personally requested Virat Kohli to not step down as the T20I captain of the Indian team.
This comes after the BCCI, on December 8, named Rohit Sharma as the new India captain in ODI and T20I formats via a tweet. Virat Kohli has shown a desire to continue as captain in ODIs and Tests while announcing that was stepping down as the T20I captain after the T20 World Cup 2021.
However, Ganguly said that while he personally asked Kohli not to quit as T20I captain, when it came to the requirement of only one person leading the Indian team in both white-ball formats, Rohit Sharma was given the job.
“It’s like I said… I personally requested him (Kohli) not to give up the T20 captaincy. Obviously, he felt the workload. Which is fine, he has been a great cricketer, he has been very intense with his cricket. He has captained for a long period of time and these things happen.
Because I have captained for a long period of time; therefore, I know. Also, they wanted only one white-ball captain. And that’s why this decision. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. But as I said, it’s a good team and it has some fantastic players and I hope they will turn it around," Ganguly said in an interview with News18.
Furthermore, Ganguly also spoke highly of Dravid's modesty after he was seen taking cones and wickets back to the dressing room after a practice session in Kanpur.
“I wish him (Dravid) all the best. I heard that in Kanpur, after the day’s practice he was picking up the cones and wickets and balls and bringing them back to the dressing room. It must have been a great sight for cameramen and photographers to see Rahul Dravid do that (smiles). But he is that sort of a person," said Ganguly.
He also added: "We will support him and Rohit and Virat in test cricket whichever way they want."