It has been a shocking day for Indian cricket with Virat Kohli announcing to step down as India's T20I captain after the end of 2021 T20 World Cup. As the fans have been slowly and steadily digesting this news, the recent report comes as an absolute shocker for everyone.
According to PTI, Virat Kohli went to the selection committee with the proposal of Rohit Sharma being removed from ODI vice captaincy since Hitman's age is 34. Kohli reportedly wanted the ODI vice captaincy to be handed to KL Rahul and T20I vice captaincy to Rishabh Pant.
While there has been no official statement on the same by either any player or BCCI, it will be interesting to see how events unfold from here.
Kohli just reduced a bit of pressure on himself: BCCI insider
A BCCI insider reportedly made some sensational comments about Virat Kohli, which is surely going to surprise a lot of Indian fans. Reflecting on Kohli's decision to step down as captain of T20I after the world cup, the official said, "Virat knew that he would have been removed from white ball captaincy. If the team doesn't do well at World T20, he was gone for good as far as the white-ball leadership is concerned," as quoted by PTI.
"He just reduced a bit of pressure on himself as it would seem that he is there on his own terms. It might not happen in the 50 overs if the performance in T20 hits a downward spiral," the BCCI insider added.
Kohli is literally incommunicado, says an ex-cricketer
The report also mentioned some stunning claims made by an ex-cricketer who reportedly told PTI that the problem with Virat is his communication. "In case of MS (Dhoni), his room would be open 24x7 and players could just walk in, play the PS4, have a meal and let their hair down and if required talk cricket... Beyond the ground, Kohli is literally incommunicado," said the ex-cricketer as quoted by PTI.
The ex-cricketer, whose name has not been mentioned, also reportedly praised Rohit Sharma and said, "Rohit has shades of MSD but in a different manner. He takes the junior players out for meals, gives them a friendly pat on the back when they are down and knows the mental aspects of a player's make-up inside out."
Talking about the present situation, Rohit Sharma is reportedly in line to take over India's T20I captaincy duties after the 2021 T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah are the contenders for the role of vice-captain in the shortest format of game.