Virat Kohli Childhood Coach Slams BCCI: Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma expressed his displeasure over BCCI’s decision of stripping Virat Kohli from the ODI captaincy role.
Post the unsuccessful T20 World Cup 2021 campaign Virat Kohli has stepped down from the T20I captaincy role. Notably, Virat announces that he will not lead RCB in IPL 2022 when the UAE leg of IPL 2021 kickstarted.
In this situation, BCCI announced Rohit Sharma as the ODI skipper for the upcoming South Africa tour.
Though BCCI President Sourav Ganguly explains the exact reason for Rohit Sharma’s appointment as ODI skipper, many fans believe that BCCI should considered Virat’s captaincy records before taking the decision of changing the ODI captaincy role.
Virat Kohli Childhood Coach Slams BCCI
Rajkumar Sharma, Virat Kohli’s childhood coach, expressed surprise of BCCI’s move to remove him as ODI captain and hand over the reins to Rohit Sharma.
“The selection committee doesn’t provide a reason behind the decision. We don’t know what the management or the BCCI or the selectors want. There’s no clarification, no transparency at all,” said Sharma speaking on Khelneeti podcast.
“It’s a pity how this has happened. He has been such a successful one-day captain.”
Rohit Sharma Backs Virat Kohli
Indian white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma said that he couldn’t yet reach out to Kohli when he tries to call Virat Kohli.
“I haven’t talked to him (Kohli) yet. His phone is switched off for some reason. But as far as my opinion is concerned, he had specifically stepped down from T20 captaincy and the selectors should’ve straightaway asked him to step down from both the white-ball formats or not step down at all.”
Virat Kohli ODI Captaincy Record
Total Matches – 95
- Won – 65
- Lost – 27
- Tie – 1
- No Result – 2
- Winning Percentage – 70.43
Kohli has a better winning percentage as India’s ODI captain than the two World Cup-winning skippers Mahendra Singh Dhoni (59.52) and Kapil Dev (54.16). Interestingly he has the best winning percentage than any other Indian captain who led the side in more than 10 matches.
Under Kohli’s leadership, India won 15 out of the 19 bilateral ODI series which includes historic series wins over South Africa, Australia, and West Indies on their soil.
In the ICC tournaments, the charismatic batter led the Indian team to the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy and semifinal of the 2019 ODI World Cup.
Kohli scored a plethora of runs as the captain of the Indian team in the 50-over format. The modern-day great scored 5,449 runs at an astonishing average of 72.65.
He also smashed the second most centuries as a captain in ODIs – 21. Legendary Australia skipper Ricky Ponting is at the top of the list with 22 tons.
Though Virat stepped down from white ball series captaincy role he still leads team India in his favourite red ball series.