Team India has to have an important press conference today before the South Africa tour. All eyes will be on Virat Kohli in this press conference, which will start shortly from now. After being stripped of the ODI captaincy, Kohli has been in the media headlines continuously amid reports of controversy with Rohit Sharma.
It is expected that only through this press conference, Virat will clear his participation in the ODI series. In such a situation, many such questions can be asked to him, which he may feel uncomfortable hearing.
Is all well between Virat and Rohit?
Earlier, Virat did not join the team camp in Mumbai. Then Rohit Sharma withdrew from the Test series on South Africa tour due to injury. The next day after this news, Virat joins the team, but then the news comes that Virat will not play the ODI series on the South Africa tour. He wants to spend some time with the family by taking a break because of daughter Vamika’s first birthday. With this, the rumor starts that all is not well in Team India.
Board is angry with Virat!
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had said in an interview a few days ago that he had requested Virat not to give up the T20 captaincy, but he did not agree. Now in some media reports it has been said that the board is upset with Virat’s recent attitude. In a report, a BCCI official, on the condition of anonymity, said, “Virat has not taken the decision to be removed from the captaincy of ODIs lightly. Although he has chosen to stay out of the ODI series due to family reasons, what is happening at the moment is not acceptable at all. The BCCI official said that after the South Africa series, the board will sit and talk to both Virat and Rohit.
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no official request
A senior BCCI official, on the condition of anonymity, said that Kohli has not made any formal request for a break from the ODI series. “Kohli has not yet sent any formal request to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly or Secretary Jay Shah for not playing in ODIs,” he said. If a decision is taken later or God forbid he gets injured, then it is a different matter. As of today, he will play three ODIs on January 19, 21 and 23.
Family will also go to South Africa
The official said that due to restrictions related to biologically safe environment, the families of the players will also travel on the same chartered aircraft in which the players and officials will travel. The source said, “The captain will be traveling with his family. But yes, if after the test series he feels tired of the biologically safe environment and wants a break, he will definitely inform the chairman of the selection committee and the secretary (Shah) who is the coordinator of the selection committee.
Break is good but timing is not right: Azhar
Former India captain and Hyderabad Cricket Association president Mohammad Azharuddin also feels that things might not be going well between India’s new ODI captain Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Azharuddin questioned Kohli taking a break from the ODI series, saying that the timing of his leave is wrong and he could have taken a break at the right time. Azharuddin tweeted, ‘Virat Kohli has informed that he will not be available for the ODI series and Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series. He further said that there is no harm in taking a break but it should have been taken at the right time. This will fuel the speculation of a rift in the Indian team.