Virat Kohli on the position of ODI captain, communication with BCCI, equation with Rohit Sharma & more
Virat Kohli said on Wednesday he was only informed 90 minutes before the official announcement that he had been sacked as India’s captain for a day.
Kohli stepped down as T20 skipper after the recent World Cup and last week was dismissed as ODI captain with the Indian cricket council saying he wanted Rohit Sharma to lead in both formats. white ball.
The surprise announcement came on a line at the bottom of a press release from the Cricket Control Board in India regarding the test team for the upcoming South Africa tour.
“I was contacted an hour and a half before the 8 selection meeting for the Test Series and there was no prior communication with me,” Kohli told reporters on Wednesday before the team left for the season. ‘South Africa, where they will play three Tests and three ODIs.
“Before I ended the call, I was told that the five coaches had decided that I would not be the ODI captain, to which I replied ‘okay’,” said the 33-year-old player.
Kohli will still be the captain of India during tests in South Africa, but press reports have suggested that he has decided to skip the next ODI series under his breath.
But Kohli denied this, telling reporters on Wednesday that he “was and is available for selection” and denounced sections of the media for “writing lies”.
“I’ve always wanted to play,” he said.
Full text of the press conference:
Lack of warm-up matches before the SA tour. What areas will the team be looking to address before the first test?
As much center wicket practice as you can, game simulations … I think that stuff really helps when you’re playing in conditions that are, probably in my opinion, the hardest on the batter because of the pace and the rebound offered and that the conditions can also be quite tricky with the swing … we saw that in South Africa. So as much simulation as we can have … figuring out what areas we’re hitting the ball in, getting in shape. And bowlers are fine … with the briefs in place, what zones they want to play in, and to cut down on easy singles and limit options. All of these things help you get into a good space when you are not having warm-up games.
Will you be available for the ODI series against South Africa?
“I was and am available for selection… all this time. You shouldn’t be asking me that question, honestly. These questions should be asked of those who write these stories and their sources. As far as I’m concerned, I was always available. I had not had any communication with the BCCI that I wish to rest. So there were a few things that also came out in the past where it was said that I was attending events or something that was absolutely not true. All these people who write these things and their sources, to me, they are absolutely not credible. I always wanted to play. Like I said, the question should be put to the people who have written about these things … who are writing lies.
You spoke earlier about how you wanted to lead the team at the 2023 World Cup. Can you give a clear picture of the communication between you, the coaches and the board?
Everything that has been said about the communication that took place in making the decision that was made is incorrect. I was contacted an hour and a half before the selection committee meeting on 8 for the Test series and there was no prior communication with me since I announced the decision of harbor master’s office T20 until December 8 when I got a call for the selection meeting. The head coach talked to me about the test team … which we both agreed to. Before ending the call, I was told that the five coaches had decided that I would not be the ODI captain, to which I replied: “Okay, okay”. There was no discovery. That’s what happened.
How much will you miss Rohit Sharma’s opening services in South Africa? He was India’s best run-getter in England …
His abilities will be sorely missed. He has already proven in England that he has really worked on his test match and the opening partnership was very important to us. With his experience and skills, his qualities will be missed. But that said, I think it’s an opportunity for someone like Mayank [Agarwal] and KL [Rahul] to intensify and solidify this beginning that we obtained in the last series. Also make sure that the right job is done in this series.
What is your take on the absence of Jadeja and the role that will play in the combinations that India will play?
Well Jadeja has obviously been a very, very important piece for us. He contributes in all three departments of the game which is invaluable especially in overseas conditions. We will miss him. That said, we have the quality to be able to create the best combination possible on the same day and still be in a position to win practice matches because we have created that kind of bench strength and environment where people coming in grab hold of it. their luck and make sure the team is helped by their performance. Although he will be missed, I don’t think he will be a deciding factor in the series or moving forward. He is injured and I wish him a speedy recovery. Hope he will come back soon.
When so much is going on around you or certain decisions go against you. How to disconnect and manage? What is your coping mechanism at the moment?
Well nothing can stop me from being motivated to play for India. To be ready for a tour like this and to perform to the best of my ability, nothing has ever gone wrong and nothing can go wrong. A lot of things that have happened outside are not ideal and not always as you would expect. But you have to understand that there is not much that you can do as an individual and we have to keep things in the right perspective and do the things that can be done … which are within my control. . I’m very focused, I’m very mentally prepared and I’m very excited to go to South Africa and do my best for the team and make the team win.
It is not easy to leave the harbor master’s office. Do you think this will have a positive impact on your captain?
Well I can’t say if it will leave a positive impact on my stick or not. I think no one can predict these things. I took a lot of pride in playing as the team captain. I did my best. I know my level of motivation to play for the team will not drop at all. I will always be keen to play the same way. As a captain, I was honest with my responsibilities and did it to the best of my ability. I have been absolutely honest with this work. This is my assessment of my limited harbor master’s office. And the batter, of course, when you’ve performed well for a long time at the international level, you know how to perform. It’s just about understanding your role and the situation you are playing in.
You always made it clear that you wanted to be an ODI skipper until the 2023 ODI World Cup …
I first approached the BCCI explaining my thought process and my reasons. And at that time, it was very well received. There was no violation. There was no hesitation. I was not told not to leave the T20I harbor master’s office, but rather received as a progressive call. In the right direction. I had also communicated that I would like to continue as a skipper in tests and ODI unless the managers or breeders think I should not continue. This too was clarified during the call. My communication with the BCCI was therefore clear from that point on.
India won in Jo’burg in 2018. How inspiring will those memories be before the next round of testing?
We can get a lot of motivation of course. We won in the most difficult conditions of this tour. So that should give us a lot of confidence … if we start with the right frame of mind and with confidence and conviction, we can certainly take on any challenges that come our way. South Africa in a place where we haven’t won a series yet so we’re very motivated to do that and that mindset is always to go out there to any country and win. series. We don’t think we will win a test match here and there and we will do our best to make sure we continue to contribute to the cause and as you have rightly said we can take inspiration and believe in this victory in the last tour.
It was probably the South Africa tour that became the springboard for India to dominate in all parts of the world. Are you excited to return to this place with the opportunity to make history? What makes playing in South Africa more difficult than some of the other places you’ve played?
South Africa was really the start for us as a team starting to believe we could win abroad. We built it well in England, and then Australia put it all together. South Africa presents a different challenge. Like I said, the wickets have a lot of pace and bounce. You have to be at your best level to be able to perform at it and get races … get tough races. It’s something we tried to do as a team but we probably left ourselves a little too much to do at times when the sessions went really bad when they went bad. This is something that we have controlled very well in the recent past with more experience and the guys understand how to play in those kinds of conditions and against which bowlers … how to transition their innings throughout the game. day so that they can strike long. I think we are very well placed in terms of experience, belief and confidence that we can do something special and get the results we want as a team.
You always talked about building the team. How do you see your role in the ODI team as a senior member at the moment?
Well my responsibility is always to push the team in the right direction. It’s something that I have always sought to do … even before I became a captain. This state of mind has therefore never changed and will never change. Rohit is a very capable and very, very tactical captain. We have seen it in the matches where he was captain of India and in the IPL as well. And with Rahul bhai, who is a very balanced coach and an excellent manager … both will have my absolute support and my contribution in the vision they will have for the team. I will support this 100% and continue to be the guy who can push the team in the right direction.
Have you been explained the reasons for your withdrawal as a skipper and can you tell us a bit about your relationship with Rohit?
Reasons … obviously we didn’t win an ICC tournament. I can understand the reasons. There is no debate as to whether the decision was right or wrong. The decision taken by the BCCI was taken with a logical point of view that is understandable. I understand. I have already spoken about how things turned out earlier. Regarding my relationship with Rohit, I also said earlier that there was no problem between us and honestly, I’m sick of answering the same question over and over again. I can say with absolute guarantee that none of my actions will bring down the team as long as I play the game. This has always been my point of view for Indian cricket and it is my commitment to Indian cricket.