Virat Kohli fought selectors

While Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as India’s T20I captain may have come as a shock to many, the series of events that have occurred in the last few months have provided ample evidence that the event was imminent.

A certain report explains why Kohli’s resignation was unexpected but not out of the realm of possibility. According to the report, Kohli had to fight hard to get Shikhar Dhawan into the India-England ODI squad in February and March of this year. According to reports, the selectors sought another opener who had performed well in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Kohli insisted on Dhawan, who had already lost his position in the Twenty20 squad at the time.

“The selectors had to designate Dhawan as captain for the ODIs in an altogether different circumstance (for the Sri Lanka series). The dispute at that March meeting was so heated that the BCCI had to wait for some type of compromise before announcing the squad, almost five days after it was chosen.”, the report states.

“Those in the know, on the other hand, maintain that the captain-selectors equation isn’t bad, and that the March meeting was an outlier.”

On September 16, Kohli announced his retirement from the T20I captaincy. The primary reason for the major decision, he added, was workload management. However, according to certain sources, the Indian skipper had a strained relationship with the administration. “Kohli made it plain that he intended to give the decision makers adequate time to decide on the future of the Indian T20I team – hence his intention to stand down after the World Cup,” said BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who was joined by Shah, Chetan Sharma, and the rest of the panel at the meeting.