Virat Kohli’s bombshell-like announcement to step down as the Test captain of the Indian team came two weeks back but the decision is still making headlines across the world.
Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has now come out with a revelation regarding Kohli’s decision to relinquish Test captaincy that has shocked the fans.
Ponting, in an interview with the International Cricket Council (ICC), said that he had a chat with Kohli during last year’s Indian Premier League and the Indian star batter spoke to him about stepping down from captaincy in the white-ball format but looked ‘passionate’ to carry on at the helm in Test cricket.
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“Yes, it did actually (surprise me). Probably the main reason why is I had a chat and good catch-up with Virat during the first part of the IPL (2021) before it got postponed. He was talking then about stepping away (from captaincy) from white-ball cricket and how passionate he was to continue on to be Test match captain. He just loved and cherished that job and that post so much,” Ponting was quoted as saying by the ICC.
Ponting’s words left fans of the former India captain furious and they felt it was the 'politics' by the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly that forced Kohli to leave captaincy in the longest format of the game.
This shows he didn't willingly made his way out. The stepping down somehow was forced on him.— S´ˎ˗ | Captain Kohli (@Kohlian_luvlush) January 31, 2022
He was forced to step down— V• (@vase556) January 31, 2022
All credit to bcci selectors, president & secretary— jay parikh (@jayparikh21) January 31, 2022
time to sack ganguly— Shau (@shxuryaa) January 31, 2022
Ganguly destroying indian cricket— Vinay Lamba (@VinayLamba_) January 31, 2022
More reasons to hate Ganguly and Jay Shah https://t.co/jMnZXXoFhB— `` (@KohlifiedGal) January 31, 2022
Fans have been speculative about BCCI’s role in Kohli’s decision to quit Test captaincy a day after India lost the Test series in South Africa.
India were leading the series after winning the first Test, but an injury to Kohli saw the visitors take the field without him in the second Test which the Proteas managed to win by seven wickets.
Kohli returned for the final Test but failed to lead India to their first-ever series win in the longest format of the game in the Rainbow nation.
There have been many names floating around as Kohli’s successor in Test cricket but the Indian board is yet to make any official announcement on the topic.
Ponting gave his views on who should take charge of the Test side and he picked the Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma as the guy to do the job for India.
"There were a few names thrown around between owners (Mumbai Indians) and the other coaches but it was really clear to me that there was only one guy that can lead the team – he was a young guy and his name happened to be Rohit Sharma. I think the proof is in the pudding with what he has done at the Mumbai Indians since that moment on. He has been a very successful leader there and has been when he has led India on a few occasions as well,” Ponting said.