The astonishing revelations of Virat Kohli during press conferences: from the message of MS Dhoni to the allegation of miscommunication by the BCCI
“I live my life with a lot of honesty,” Virat Kohli said after dropping another bombshell following India’s 5-wicket loss to Pakistan in their 2022 Asian Cup Super Four match on Sunday September 5. Kohli claimed no cricketer, none who had his phone number except MS Dhoni, contacted him after he quit as Test captain earlier this year.
Kohli’s comments in the middle of a multi-nation tournament sent social media into a frenzy. Kohli’s comments about respecting a ‘true sympathizer like MS Dhoni’ came a few days later he said to play under his former captain was the most cherished phase of his cricketing career.
This is not the first time that Virat Kohli has made astonishing revelations at a press conference. On and off the pitch, Kohli never held back, speaking his mind, most often during his interactions with the media.
On Sunday, We asked Virat Kohli if he received support from anyone in the cricketing fraternity as he went through a tough phase in his career ahead of his return to the Asian Cup.
Kohli had given up the captaincy of the T20I after the World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last year. Soon after, he was also sacked as India’s ODI captain. Questions have been asked about Kohli’s extended lean patch across all formats in the game.
Kohli quit the Test captaincy unexpectedly as he vacated the top job a day after India lost a 3-game Test series to South Africa in January 2022.
MESSAGE FROM MRS. DHONI
“When I left the position of test captain, I received a message from only one person, with whom I played in the past. It was MS Dhoni.
“A lot of people have my number, a lot of people give me suggestions, a lot of people talk about my game on TV. But of those who had my number, I didn’t get a message from anyone else on the exception of Dhoni.” Kohli said.
“You have respect, you have a real connection with a few people and it feels like this (Dhoni messaging her). It’s two way security, I don’t want anything from them and they don’t want anything from me “, he added. .
“I don’t feel insecure with them, and they don’t feel insecure with me either,” Kohli added.
“NOBODY TOLD ME NOT TO STOP”
Cut to 2021, Kohli was out and pointed to the lack of communication between himself and the selection committee and trustees over his resignation as T20I captain and dismissal as ODI captain.
In fact, Kohli too contradicted the claims of BCCI President Sourav Ganguly about the former captain asking the star hitter not to step down as captain of T20I.
While announcing his decision to leave the captaincy of T20I, Kohli mentioned in his social media post that he wanted to continue as ODI and test captain.
“When I first communicated with BCCI about stepping down as T20I captain, I told them that was my point of view, those are the reasons for my decision, it was received quite well . No one took offense, no one hesitated. No I was told that I should not leave the captaincy of the T20I,” Kohli said in another explosive press conference in December 2021.
Kohli’s comments came days after Ganguly told the media that he had personally asked Kohli not to step down as captain of T20I cricket.
REFUTION OF CHETAN SHARMA
While the BCCI dismissed Kohli’s comments about not being kept abreast of the captaincy saga, India national head coach Chetan Sharma also said that the selection panel and a few BCCI officials had urged Kohli to continue as captain of the T20I” for the good of Indian cricket”.
Kohli announced ahead of the World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last year that he would step down as T20I captain after the tournament.
“Anyone present at the meeting urged Virat Kohli to reconsider. All selectors felt at that time that it could affect the World Cup, all selectors felt that it could have been settled after the tournament” , said Chetan Sharma, while refuting Kohli. complaints.
“Virat was told, for the good of Indian cricket, to continue as captain by everyone available at the meeting – all the organizers were there, the board officials were there. said, who will not? When suddenly you get such news, you are in shock because it is about the World Cup”, he added.
TELEPHONE CALL FROM SELECTORS
Kohli also expressed frustration with the ‘lack of communication’ when he was sacked as ODI captain. BCCI did not send out a separate press release announcing Rohit Sharma to replace Virat Kohli but announced one of the biggest call-ups in Indian cricketing history with a line at the end of his statement for the selection. of the test team for the South Africa tour.
“I was contacted an hour and a half before the selection meeting for 8 for the Test series and there was no prior communication with me,” Kohli said in December, recalling how he was dismissed from his duties as captain of the ODI.
“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 ‘ok okay'”, a- he added.
However, selection committee chairman Chetan Sharma explained the turn of events when Kohlli was told of his decision to sack him as ODI captain.
“We tried to communicate the fact that we wanted to give the team time. On that day the Test team was being selected. Virat was informed the day before of the selection meeting. I cannot decide for everyone else because all 5 coaches must be involved and then only the captain can be informed,” said Chetan Sharma.
“When all the coaches decided unanimously, we immediately informed the captain,” he added.
Kohli’s latest claim comes even as he appears to have put the difficult phase aside and found the joy of playing the game again. The former captain took a two-month break before returning to competition at the Asian Cup 2022.
Kohli is showing signs of getting back on pace as he scored 2 50s in 3 appearances for India at the 2022 Asian Cup.
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