Stepping down as test captain Virat's personal decision, not BCCI's: Sourav Gangulytext_fields
New Delhi: Former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has said that it was not the BBCI's will that India's test captain Virat Kohli step down, but it was his personal decision. Only the star batter can reveal why he left the captaincy in the longest format of the game, Ganguly added.
Ganguly's latest remarks come in the wake of clamour from fans for the reinstatement of Kohli as India's Test captain after the Rohit Sharma-led side suffered a 209-run defeat to Australia in the World Test Championship final. However, Kohli hasn't been at his best with the bat in Test cricket in the last three years.
"BCCI were not prepared for Virat Kohli leaving the Test captaincy. It was unexpected for us also after the South Africa tour. Only Virat Kohli can reveal why he left the captaincy. There is no point talking about this now because Virat Kohli left the Test captaincy. Selectors had to appoint an India captain. And Rohit was the best option at that time," Ganguly told Aaj Tak in an interview, after the WTC final.
However, despite Kohli's decline in success stories in the Test format, Kohli finished his tenure as the fourth-most successful captain in Test history, with 40 victories and 11 draws in 68 matches as the Indian captain.
The 34-year-old is only behind Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh on the list of captains with the most Test wins.
(Based on IANS feed)