"I can understand why," said Kohli during a virtual press conference. Kohli was demoted back to a regular batter and will play with an Indian team not as a captain for the first time in five years.
"The reason: We haven't won an ICC tournament. Whether the decision they took is right or wrong, there's no debate. It's a logical decision which I understand."
Kohli, however, also claimed that he did not receive any notifications prior to being removed as the captain of the OD"Whatever was said about the communication that happened during the decision that was made was inaccurate," the Royal Challengers Bangalore player continued while answering a question from ANI. "I was contacted one and half hours before the selection meeting on 8th for the Test series.
"And there was no prior communication with me since I announced the T20I captaincy decision up till December 8. The chief selector discussed the Test team to which we both agreed. Before ending the call, I was told the five selectors decided that I would not be ODI captain. To which I replied 'okay fine'."
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has said that the cricket board would take care of Kohli's claim of receiving no communication. "No statements, no press conference. We will deal with it, leave it to BCCI," said Ganguly barely 24 hours after Kohli's press conference.
Earlier, however, prior to Ganguly's comment being made, batting great Sunil Gavaskar said that the president was the right person to clear up the controversy.
"Yes, he is the BCCI president and surely he should be asked why there is this discrepancy," Gavaskar told India Today. "He is probably the best person to ask about the discrepancy in what you seem to have to say and what the Indian captain has said."
Virat Kohli ; born 5 November 1988) is an Indian cricketer and the captain of India national cricket team in Tests.
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