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“Before ending Test team selection call, chief selector told me that I won’t be ODI captain” – Virat Kohli breaks silence on his removal as India’s ODI captain

The 33-year-old also confirmed his availability for selection for the upcoming ODI series against South Africa.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 15 December 2021 3:22 pm

A lot has been happening in Indian cricket in the last few days with one of the major talking points being the removal of Virat Kohli as the team’s ODI captain. The 33-year-old had stepped down as India’s T20I skipper a few months back and had expressed his desire to focus on ODIs and Tests. However, things did not pan out the way he had wanted as BCCI decided to continue with only one white-ball captain going forward, appointing Rohit Sharma as India’s captain for both T20Is and ODIs.

There have been a lot of speculations going around since the announcement and Virat Kohli finally broke his silence on the situation during a press conference on Wednesday. He made a shocking revelation that he was not even told that he was being removed as India’s ODI captain.

“Before the selection call, I was told I won’t be the captain and I said okay. After the meeting, we had a brief chat and that’s it. I was not communicated at all,” Kohli told the media.

I am available for selection: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli also confirmed his availability for selection for the upcoming ODI series against South Africa, putting rest to all the rumours and reports. “I will be available for the ODI series against South Africa, I was always available,” Kohli said.

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