Shastri says “Ganguly needs to give his side”

Virat Kohli vs BCCI: Ravi Shastri says, ‘Kohli has spoken, Sourav Ganguly needs to give his side’ – The Virat Kohli vs BCCI saga continues to rumble on in the fallout since the All India Selection committee sacked the former as Indian captain in limited-overs cricket. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli have both made contradictory statements to the press which have created a stormy background to the IND vs SA series. Now, former head coach Ravi Shastri has spoken in that matter and believes Ganguly has to clear his side and speak out his version of the events. Follow for all IND vs SA updates.  

Virat Kohli vs BCCI: Ravi Shastri says, ‘Kohli has spoken, Sourav Ganguly needs to give his side’

Speaking to Indian Express, former Indian coach Ravi Shastri said that BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has to present his version of events and clear the air between him and India’s now Test captain Virat Kohli. Ganguly had previously claimed that he had asked Virat not to quit T20I captaincy and was informed of the decision to sack him as ODI skipper. However, Kohli contradicted those claims earlier this month, saying that he was only informed of the decision 1.5 hours before the selection meeting.

Ravi Shastri told Indian Express, “With good communication, this can be handled better. With good communication, this can be handled better.” However, the former Indian all-rounder agrees with BCCI’s idea of having just a solitary white-ball captain and believes Kohli’s resignation as T20I skipper set the tone for that.

Virat Kohli vs BCCI: How it all unfolded?

  • Dec 8: BCCI appointed Rohit Sharma as the ODI skipper in a 131-letter statement, buried under the team selection for South Africa Test series. But there was no mention of Virat Kohli.
  • December 9: After almost 23 hours, BCCI finally decides to pay tribute to Virat Kohli’s time during captaincy, arguably the best-ever by winning percentage.
  • December 9: Sourav Ganguly breaks his silence and told reporters that he requested him personally not to step down from T20I captaincy as the selectors did not want two white-ball skippers.
  • December 13: BCCI officials confirmed that Virat Kohli wanted a break and opted out of the ODI series in South Africa. It raised speculations about a rift between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.
  • December 15: In an explosive press conference, Kohli said that he was never called by anyone not to step down from T20I captaincy. Instead, Chetan Sharma, chairman of the selection committee informed him that he will be removed from ODI captaincy.
  • December 17: Two days after Kohli’s press conference, Ganguly refused to comment on the matter, saying BCCI will deal with it internally.

Also Read: IND vs SA: Former coach Ravi Shastri backs Virat Kohli & Co to create history in South Africa but warns ‘Proteas are no pushovers on own turf’

The Kohli vs BCCI debate has been the talk of the town as the Indian team is currently preparing for their three-match Test series against South Africa. Kohli, who will lead the side in tests will hope to seal what could be India’s first series win in the Rainbow Country should they prevail starting from the Boxing Day Test match.

Virat Kohli vs BCCI: Ravi Shastri says, ‘Kohli has spoken, Sourav Ganguly needs to give his side’

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