Following Virat Kohli’s furious and controversial remarks to the media ahead of the team’s departure for the South Africa Test series, India head coach Rahul Dravid remained tight-lipped on the continuing white-ball captaincy issue.

Sourav Ganguly, the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), stated in an interview days after Kohli stepped down as India’s T20I captain that he had requested the 33-year-old not quit his role in the shortest format. Kohli, on the other hand, refuted the claims, saying he had no such contact and that he was notified of his dismissal from the ODI captaincy one and a half hours before the South Africa Test series team selection.

Kohli’s comments sparked controversy, revealing an underlying conflict between him and the officials and dividing Indian cricket over the two cricketing legends. For the first time since the tumultuous news conference, Dravid spoke out on the role of the selectors before stating that he did not believe the place or time was right to delve more into the matter.

“To be honest, the selectors’ job is to do just that. I’m not going to discuss any talks I may or may not have had. That is not the place or time for that, nor is it appropriate to discuss my private chats in the media “On Saturday, Dravid stated in a virtual news conference before the game. Dravid, on the other hand, was full of compliments for the Indian Test captain, praising his leadership skills and wishing him a successful series ahead.

“Virat has played a significant part in this. He’s been outstanding as a player and a leader. He’s one of those Test cricket fans who is hoping for a successful series. This will be beneficial to the squad “he stated. The three-match Test series between India and South Africa kicked off on December 26 in Centurion with the first match.