Ravi Shastri has said Virat Kohli gave his side of the story when he stepped out as India’s white ball captain, and now BCCI chairman Sourav Ganguly has to give his side.
Speaking to Indian Express e.Adda, the former Indian head coach added that the change of captain could have been better handled with “good communication”.
Days after Sourav Ganguly said he personally told Virat Kohli not to step down as captain of the T20I, Kohli said there was no communication from the board once he had decided to relinquish leadership in the shorter format in September.
Regarding the ODI captain’s post, Kohli said he was told the selectors were firing him just 90 minutes before the selection committee meeting to choose the test team for the Africa tour. from the South earlier this month.
“With good communication it can be better managed,” said Ravi Shastri. “Virat gave his side of the story. The chairman of the board must give his version of the facts. It’s not about who lies and who doesn’t. It’s not fair to go into this until you know what the real conversation was.
Shastri added that once Kohli decided he did not want to continue as captain of the T20I, there could only have been one leader for the two white ball formats, where Rohit Sharma now has took over.
My statement prompted Ashwin to do something different: Shastri
R Ashwin recently said he felt “absolutely crushed” when Shastri said after the Sydney test in January 2019 that Kuldeep Yadav was India’s No.1 overseas spinner.
Shastri replied that he was happy if his statement could have prompted Ashwin to get fitter. “The way Ashwin played in 2019 and the way he played in 2021 is chalk and cheese,” Shastri said.
“If my statement on Kuldeep hurt Ashwin, I’m glad I made that statement. It made him do something different. The message to Ashwin in 2018 was that he had to be in good shape. He’s been working on it and watch how he’s bowling now. It is world class.