Anurag Thakur Gives Clarity Over Virat Kohli’s Omission From ICC’s Test Team Of 2016
BCCI President Anurag Thakur, on Thursday, said India captain Virat Kohli failed to make it the ICC Test Team of 2016 as the voting for the team happened in September and he made most of his runs after that.
The exclusion of Virat Kohli raised eyebrows across the globe as he scored three double hundreds in 2016. He was also recently adjourned Man of the Series against England after piling up 655 runs in the five-Test series.
“Unfortunately, Virat Kohli, who has turned into a big player, did not make it to the ICC’s Test Team because voting happens in September window and he made all the runs after this September,” Thakur said.
India didn’t lost a single Test in 2016 and are yet to lose a Test series under Kohli’s captaincy.
Thakur went onto congratulate Indian spin duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as the duo are now No.1 and No.2 respectively in the ICC Test Bowlers Rankings.
“I would like to congratulate both of the players for performing tremendously well and guiding the team to repeated victories as well as to the No.1 spot in rankings,” the BCCI chief said.
Anurag Thakur has also hopes India will continue their great progress they have made under young captain Virat Kohli as the team recently clinched No.1 spot in the Test rankings and with the win over England, they’ve now enlarged the gap from the second placed team.
“I hope Team India continue to remain the No. 1 team under the guidance of Virat Kohli. And the way Mahendra Singh Dhoni and then Kohli led the team to victories clearly shows that the team will continue to achieve greater heights in the coming future,” he concluded.
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