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Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
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Irrespective Of What Virat Kohli Or Sourav Ganguly Says, This Is Battle Of Two Stalwarts – Rashid Latif

Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif believes that Virat Kohli stepped down from India‘s Test captaincy because of his differences with the board president Sourav Ganguly.

This has been the talk of the town if there is everything alright between Virat Kohli and Sourav Ganguly. It all started two months back as Virat Kohli decided to step down from the T20I captaincy so the BCCI sacked him from ODI captaincy as well, citing the reason that they want to have the same captain in both white-ball formats.

Virat Kohli

“You haven’t only unsettled Virat Kohli; you’ve unsettled Indian cricket”

Then in an interview, Sourav Ganguly said that he personally requested Virat Kohli to reconsider his resignation from the T20I captaincy but he didn’t so the selectors had no choice but to remove him from ODI captaincy since they wanted the same captain in T20Is and ODIs.

But in a pre-departure press conference ahead of the South Africa tour, Virat Kohli contradicted Ganguly’s statement. Kohli denied if any such conversation happened between him and any BCCI official as he stated that his resignation was received well.

Since then stories of tension between Virat Kohli and BCCI have been floating around. Rashid Latif also joined the bandwagon as he believes that there is a tiff between Virat Kohli and Sourav Ganguly as both are stalwarts of the game.

“The real reason why these things happen is because you have a tiff with the board. Irrespective of what Virat says that it’s his decision or what Sourav Ganguly tweets, this is battle of two stalwarts,” Latif said in a YouTube video on Caught Behind.

Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli.
Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli. (PTI)

But Latif believes that the whole saga would hit Indian cricket in the longer run.

Some people are emotional. They know when and how to provoke Kohli. When he announced that he won’t captain India in T20Is after the World Cup, he was removed as ODI captain as well. You haven’t only unsettled Kohli; you’ve unsettled Indian cricket,” he added.

In his resignation from the T20I captaincy, Kohli mentioned that he would like to continue as captain in the other two formats but things turned dramatically in the next two months.

Also read India Need To Have A Vision As Each ODI Series Is Important Before 2023 ODI World Cup, Says Jasprit Bumrah

Virat Kohli is highly likely to be fit for 3rd Test. | Photo Credit: AP
Virat Kohli is highly likely to be fit for 3rd Test. | Photo Credit: AP
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Virat Kohli Informed That He Was Stepping Down As Test Skipper In Dressing Room 24 Hours Before His Tweet

Virat Kohli, hours after India’s Test series loss against South Africa on Friday, had ended the post-match team meeting at the Newlands dressing room with an announcement and a request.

To the surprise of those present in the dressing room, Virat Kohli said that he had decided to step down as India’s Test captain. He also asked his teammates and the support staff to keep the news to themselves. Virat Kohli’s decision to retire comes after India was defeated by South Africa in the Cape Town Test by 7 wickets. The tourists slumped from taking a 1-0 lead to lose the series 2-1.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

Virat Kohli Informed That He Was Stepping Down As Test Skipper In Dressing Room 24 Hours Before Tweet And Urged Teammates To Keep The News To Themselves

Virat Kohli on Saturday announced that he is stepping down as the captain of the Indian Test team. Last year, the 33-year-old had stepped down as the T20I captain and then he was removed as the ODI leader as the selectors wanted one captain for the white-ball format.

Those at the meeting said the captain said “I ask a small favour, please don’t share with anybody outside the dressing room”.

About 24 hours later, on Saturday evening, like so often in the past, Virat Kohli broke the news on social media Twitter. This marked the end of Virat Kohli’s journey as a skipper, as he had earlier relinquished T20I captaincy followed by the selectors’ decision to remove him from ODI leadership.

“It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance every day to take the team in the right direction. I’ve done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Everything has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test Captain of India, it’s now,” Kohli wrote in his Twitter post.

Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli.
Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli. (PTI)

At the post-match press conference, after India’s another Test series defeat against Proteas in Cape Town on Friday, Virat Kohli looked unusually downbeat. The wind of change was blowing in Indian cricket, with Rohit Sharma’s appointment as white-ball captain and his promotion to Test vice-captaincy.

Before going to South Africa, Virat Kohli had taken on the BCCI, openly contradicting Board President Sourav Ganguly on the captaincy issue. Later, chief selector Chetan Sharma appeared before the press and corroborated Sourav Ganguly’s version. Following Ravi Shastri’s departure as the Indian team head coach, Virat Kohli also had lost his biggest backer in the dressing-room.

His form, too, became a topic of debate of late and although he scored a brilliant 79 in the first innings of the third Test against the Proteas at Newlands, he has now gone 30 international innings without a century in any format. His last ton was in 2019 against Bangladesh in Tests.

But unlike his statement in September last year, when he spoke about giving up T20I captaincy to manage his workload, Virat Kohli’s post on Saturday didn’t touch upon any cricketing issues.

“There have been many ups and also some downs along the journey, but never has there been a lack of effort or lack of belief. I have always believed in giving my 120 percent in everything I do, and if I can’t do that, I know it’s not the right thing to do. I have absolute clarity in my heart and I cannot be dishonest to my team,” he wrote.

When Virat Kohli took full-time charge of the Test team, in Australia in 2014-15 after MS Dhoni’s shock decision to retire mid-series, India was languishing as low as seventh in the ICC rankings. From there to taking the team to No. 1 in the world rankings and staying there for five years had been a spectacular turnaround. Overhauling the fitness culture and forming a four-pronged pace attack that is capable of taking 20 wickets in any conditions, would be his biggest legacies as India captain.

Virat Kohli Retired As Most Successful Test Skipper With 40 Wins In 68 Tests

The 33-year-old led India in 68 games and won 40, becoming the country’s most successful Test captain in the process. He presided over India’s first-ever Test series win in Australia and led the team to a 2-1 lead in England last summer before the fifth Test was postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp.

Controversies followed him until his last Test as captain when South African skipper Dean Elgar’s DRS reprieve prompted Virat Kohli to take his frustration to the stump microphone. He was criticized for his on-field behaviour, but Virat Kohli was always like that, leading with passion, taking the aggression to the opponents, and wearing his heart on his sleeve.

Virat Kohli’s stump-mic comments have attracted plenty of criticism | Screengrab
Virat Kohli’s stump-mic comments have attracted plenty of criticism | Screengrab

As captain, he fell out with Anil Kumble when the latter was the head coach. Ravi Shastri was brought back upon his insistence and together they wrote a golden chapter in Indian cricket. Little wonder then that Virat Kohli’s post had a special mention for Ravi Shastri.

“To Ravi Bhai and the support group who were the engine behind this vehicle that moved us upwards in Test Cricket consistently, you all have played a massive role in bringing this vision to life,” he wrote.

Virat Kohli offered his heartfelt thanks to predecessor MS Dhoni also.

“Lastly, a big thank you to MS Dhoni who believed in me as a Captain and found me to be an able individual who could take Indian Cricket forward.”

Virat Kohli in his statement thanked the BCCI.

“I want to thank the BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for such a long period of time and more importantly to all the teammates who bought into the vision I had for the team from day one and never gave up in any situation. You guys have made this journey so memorable and beautiful.”

KL Rahul, the designated vice-captain, might win the race to be the next Test captain. Rohit Sharma’s long history of injuries might go against him. The disappointment of not being able to win a Test series in South Africa in two attempts (2017-18 and 2021-22) as captain and the personal form of not being able to score a Test hundred in 2 years may have cluttered his mind for long and made him take this decision.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
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Sachin Tendulkar Congratulates Virat Kohli On His Successful Stint As A Test Captain

Virat Kohli who stepped down as the Test captain was congratulated by legendary former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, an ex-skipper himself, and currently, the leading ODI and Test run-getter and the batsman who has scored most tons.

Virat Kohli on Saturday announced that he is stepping down as the captain of the Indian Test team. Last year, the 33-year-old had stepped down as the T20I captain and then he was removed as the ODI leader as the selectors wanted one captain for the white-ball format.

Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar [Image Courtesy: Twitter]
Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar [Image Courtesy: Twitter]

Sachin Tendulkar Congratulated Virat Kohli For His Successful Stint As Captain Praising Him For Giving 100%

Virat Kohli on Saturday stunned the cricking world with his sudden decision of relinquishing captaincy in Tests. His decision comes after Team India lost the 3-match Test series to South Africa 2-1. Back in 2014, he led India for the first time in the longest format of the game after which he took the team to newer heights in the next seven years. Yuvraj Singh and Mayank Agarwal took to social media site Twitter and praised him.

“Congratulations on a successful stint as a captain, @imVkohli. You always gave 100% for the team and you always will. Wishing you all the very best for the future,” tweeted Sachin Tendulkar.

Meanwhile, India batter Mayank Agarwal took to his Twitter and posted some pictures with Virat Kohli and wrote, “Congratulations @imVkohli on a fantastic term as captain. It was an absolute honour playing under your leadership. Someone who led by example. You have created a winning mentality in everyone. Your passion and dedication to the game are an inspiration. Thank you, Skips.”

Yuvraj Singh. (Photo by Marty Melville/Getty Images)
Yuvraj Singh. (Photo by Marty Melville/Getty Images)

Former India batter Yuvraj Singh also wrote, “It’s been a remarkable journey King Kohli @imVkohli! Very few have been able to achieve what you have. Gave his all and played like a true champion each time. May you grow from strength to strength! Onwards and upwards.”

Virat Kohli led in 68 Test matches out of which the team registered victory in 40 games. 17 of them ended in a draw and lost 11 face-offs. Virat Kohli won 40 matches, which is 13 more than MS Dhoni. Virat Kohli captained India in 25 series. He won 18, lost six, and drew one series. Under him, India won 16 away Tests – the most for India, ahead of Sourav Ganguly who had won 11.

Virat Kohli Resigns As Most Successful Indian Test Skipper

Virat Kohli holds the record for most Test appearances as India Test captain (68) and he also holds the record for most Test wins by an Indian captain (40). Only Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting, and Steve Waugh have won more matches than Kohli as captain in Test cricket.

Announcing his decision on Twitter to leave Test captaincy, Kohli said: “It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil, and relentless perseverance every day to take the team in the right direction. I’ve done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Everything has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test Captain of India, it’s now.”

“There have been many ups and also some downs along the journey, but never has there been a lack of effort or lack of belief. I have always believed in giving my 120 percent in everything I do, and if I can’t do that, I know it’s not the right thing to do. I have absolute clarity in my heart and I cannot be dishonest to my team.”

Virat Kohli with MS Dhoni Aijaz Rahi / AP
Virat Kohli with MS Dhoni Aijaz Rahi / AP

“I want to thank the BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for such a long period of time and more importantly to all the teammates who bought into the vision I bad for the team from day one and never gave up in any situation. You guys have made this journey so memorable and beautiful.”

“To Ravi Bhai and the support group who were the engine behind this vehicle that moved us upwards in Test Cricket consistently, you all have played a massive role in bringing this vision to life. Lastly, a big thank you to MS Dhoni who believed in me as a Captain and found me to be an able individual who could take Indian Cricket forward,” he added.

Virat Kohli had first led the side in Test cricket in 2014 against Australia. His last game as captain was the Cape Town Test in South Africa, which India lost by seven wickets. Filling the shoes of MS Dhoni was not going to be easy, but Virat Kohli took leadership by storm, and quickly, he cemented himself as one of the best thinkers the country has seen in Test cricket.

The leadership also brought out the best in Virat Kohli and it saw the batter registering seven double-centuries in the longest format of the game. Virat Kohli also holds the record for scoring most Test centuries (20) as India captain.

Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma IMAGE: AFP
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Virat Kohli’s Decision To Quit Test Captaincy Means Rohit Sharma May Be Next Test Skipper For Test Series Against Sri Lanka

Virat Kohli’s relations with the BCCI have reached its lowest ebb, as it can be safely concluded that Virat Kohli has ‘retired hurt,’ the decision only accentuated by a shock defeat against the weakest South African Test side in recent times. It was a Twitter message on September 16 when he informed the world about his decision to quit the T20I captaincy, keen to focus all his energies on Test cricket and ODI format keeping the 2023 World Cup in mind.

Exactly, one day short of four months, the 33-year-old has now joined the list of former India captains in Tests, having announced his decision of stepping down for the second time, this time from the traditional format. In between, he was sacked from the 50-over format, much to his dismay where he spent at least six and a half years of his seven-year captaincy tenure.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

Virat Kohli Congratulated By Jay Shah On His Tenure As Indian Test Skipper While Rohit Sharma Favourite To Lead India In Tests

Rohit Sharma was the designated Test vice-captain for the tour of South Africa and there won’t be any change to that hierarchy that BCCI has set in place. By natural progression, if all goes well and he is fit, Rohit Sharma will be leading India in Test match cricket with KL Rahul being his deputy. The home series against Sri Lanka will be the first assignment for Rohit Sharma.

However, with two World Cups in two years and so much of cricket, KL Rahul could be seen leading the team from time to time as and when Rohit Sharma takes a break as a part of workload management.  If BCCI sources are to be believed, there has been no prior discussions with any of the top brass as he had burnt his bridges in the pre-departure press conference that became his undoing.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: Twitter

The establishment for once had no inclination to stop him from stepping down. However, before putting out a formal statement, he had informed the BCCI top brass that he is tired. Rahul Dravid is creating a succession plan and the roadmap ahead. This team has moved beyond Virat Kohli as the leader as it will now only be about Virat Kohli as the batsman. So it wasn’t surprising at all when BCCI secretary Jay Shah congratulated Virat Kohli on his decision, which was in one way, an immediate acceptance of his resignation.

“Congratulations to Virat kohli on a tremendous tenure as Team India captain. Virat turned the team into a ruthless fit unit that performed admirably both in India and away. The Test wins in Australia & England have been special,” Shah tweeted.

The series defeat and lack of runs have also pushed him to a corner and with all his support system in and outside the team gone, one of the world’s finest batters had lost the zeal. When Virat Kohli had decided to quit the T20I captaincy, just prior to that, he had a meeting with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah, five selectors. Even Rohit Sharma was present in that meeting.

Virat Kohli referred to this “very meeting” where he had expressed his desire to quit the T20I captaincy and which he said was accepted well by everyone. This is the same meeting that Sourav Ganguly had referred to when he said that he had requested Virat Kohli to stay back as captain.

In between what no one spoke about was how Virat Kohli had come with a proposal of having KL Rahul as his deputy in ODIs while Rohit Sharma remained captain in only T20 format. That proposal was immediately shot down as it would have meant Rohit Sharma would have missed the ODI captaincy despite being a deserving candidate for the job. In this backdrop, Virat Kohli had miscalculated one aspect. He never expected that the BCCI would sack him from ODI captaincy on the pretext of “too much leadership”.

Virat Kohli Contradicted BCCI President Sourav Ganguly Who Stated That He Had Asked Him To Not Resign As T20I Skipper

Someone who has played all his cricket under MS Dhoni, a man who has lived and left on his own terms, Virat Kohli found the sacking difficult to digest. He made a calculated insinuation at BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, accusing the former stalwart of lying (without naming) that the former skipper had asked to him stay back as T20 captain till the World Cup.

That was his first brush with the establishment. Having ended with a bloody nose, BCCI waited and then unleashed its chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma to defend the establishment. The former pacer on his part completely contradicted Virat Kohli.

Virat Kohli wasn’t a fool not to read the writing on the wall when he would have learned that BCCI has thrown a counter-punch on a 31st night when the team was celebrating. He knew that he needed to win the next Test series in order to hold his ground.

Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli.
Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli. (PTI)

Ask any of his teammates, Virat Kohli the batter has the highest respect for his heady achievements and the manic consistency but there was a point between 2017-19 when the Committee of Administrators was in power and the Indian skipper with coach Ravi Shastri by his side had the carte blanche as far as his team-building was concerned.

Somehow, the batsman Virat Kohli earned a lot of respect and unlike an Imran Khan, who had complete devotion from his team, Virat Kohli perhaps found himself in a tight corner. When Jasprit Bumrah on the second day’s end was asked how much has been captain Virat Kohli’s hand in his development, the pacer had replied: “A bowler’s development also depends on his own hard work”. It’s a simple line but said a lot.

Virat Kohli won’t be seen in a press meet for the Indian team in near future. That’s a probable certainty and he looked jaded, tired, and spent when he came for the media interaction.  The answer to a very valid and pointed question on losing focus due to unnecessary stump-mic chatter was more a gibberish one where he only knew what he was trying to explain.

In his farewell note, there wasn’t any thank you note for Rahul Dravid, which he had reserved for the previous coach Ravi Shastri. All captains have a shelf life and better placed are those who judge earlier that it’s time to leave. Virat Kohli judged it but only after the damage was done.

Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli.
Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli. (PTI)
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Virat Kohli’s Decision To Quit As Test Skipper Is A Personal One And BCCI Respects It: Sourav Ganguly

Virat Kohli on Saturday stunned the cricking world with his sudden decision of relinquishing captaincy in Tests. His decision comes after Team India lost the 3-match Test series to South Africa 2-1. Back in 2014, he led India for the first time in the longest format of the game after which he took the team to newer heights in the past seven years.

It’s a deniable fact that Virat Kohli was the best skipper to lead India in Test cricket. He led in 68 Test matches out of which the team registered victory in 40 games. 17 of them ended in a draw and lost 11 face-offs. He stands fourth on the list of captains with most Test wins after the likes of Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting, and Steve Smith.

Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]
Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]

Virat Kohli’s Decision To Quit As Test Skipper Is A Personal One And BCCI Respects It: Sourav Ganguly

As Virat Kohli left his post, the cricket fraternity came forward to shower praise on the man who left no stone unturned in the past years to change the face of Indian cricket. Former captain and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly took to Twitter and called Virat Kohli a ‘great player’.

“Under Virats leadership, Indian cricket has made rapid strides in all formats of the game ..his decision is a personal one and BCCI respects it immensely ..he will be an important member to take this team to newer heights in the future. A great player. Well done,” Ganguly tweeted.

 

Virat Kohli on Saturday took to his social media accounts and posted a heartfelt message to announce his decision. He thanked every individual who was involved in his journey as a leader of the pack. He made a special mention to former captain and wicketkeeper MS Dhoni for believing in him and showing his trust.

Earlier in September 2021, he had said that he will step down from the T20I captaincy just ahead of the ICC T20I World Cup. It was later revealed that BCCI had asked him to rethink as BCCI didn’t want multiple captains in limited-overs cricket.

Virat Kohli Was Replaced By Rohit Sharma As Full Time White Ball Skipper

Following India’s narrow Test series loss to South Africa earlier this week, Virat Kohli on Saturday announced that he has decided to quit the Test captaincy. Earlier, Virat Kohli had relinquished the T20 captaincy after India’s campaign at the T20 World Cup in the UAE. He was then replaced by Rohit Sharma’s as India’s full-time white-ball skipper last month.

Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma IMAGE: AFP

Virat Kohli steps down from his role as India’s most successful Test captain, having recorded 40 wins in 68 matches. He is fourth in the list of captains with the most Test wins behind South Africa’s Graeme Smith (53) and Australian greats Ricky Ponting (43) and Steve Waugh (41).

Under his leadership, Team India reached new heights, including a Test series win in Australia. India also came close to winning the World Test Championship (WTC), losing out to New Zealand in the final. Virat Kohli won 40 matches, which is 13 more than MS Dhoni.

Virat Kohli captained India in 25 series. He won 18, lost six, and drew one series. Under him, India won 16 away Tests – the most for India, ahead of Sourav Ganguly who had won 11.

Virat Kohli has stepped down as captain of India’s Test team, with immediate effect, a day after losing the Test series to South Africa 2-1 with a seven-wicket loss in Cape Town. He took over as full-time Test captain in early 2015, when MS Dhoni had announced retirement in Australia, and ended up as India’s most successful Test captain ever.
Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar
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Washington Sundar Tests Covid-19 Positive And Unlikely To Feature In ODI Series Against South Africa

Washington Sundar has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now a doubtful starter for the three-match ODI series against South Africa, starting January 19.

The 22-year-old spinner was to travel to Cape Town from Mumbai along with other members of the ODI squad but there is no clarity if he has even reached Mumbai.

Washington Sundar, the 22-year-old all-rounder was to travel to Cape Town along with other members of the ODI squad © Getty
Washington Sundar, the 22-year-old all-rounder was to travel to Cape Town along with other members of the ODI squad © Getty

Washington Sundar Tests Covid-19 Positive

An office-bearer confirmed that the 22-year-old tested positive a few days back and won’t travel to South Africa. Washington Sundar has been out of the action of international cricket for almost 10 months – he last played for India in March 2021 – because of injuries.

He recently recovered and was part of the Tamil Nadu squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy in which he did fairly well leading to his recall into the ODI squad. However, his international return may be temporarily scuppered because of the Covid infection.

“He tested positive some days back and it has been decided that he will not travel with the squad.”

India debutant Washington Sundar celebrates his half century during day three of the 4th Test Match in the series between Australia and India at The Gabba on January 17, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez - CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)
India debutant Washington Sundar celebrates his half-century during day three of the 4th Test Match in the series between Australia and India at The Gabba on January 17, 2021, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Washington Sundar has been out of the action of international cricket for almost 10 months – he last played for India in March 2021 – because of injuries. He recently recovered and was part of the Tamil Nadu squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy in which he did fairly well leading to his recall into the ODI squad. However, his international return may be temporarily scuppered because of the Covid infection.

Washington Sundar made his India debut in an ODI back in 2017 against Sri Lanka at the tender age of 18. Although that game remains his only appearance in the 50-over format, the off-spinner has played 31 T20Is and 4 Tests since debuting in ODIs.

Jayant Yadav Asked To Stay Back

Meanwhile, according to BCCI sources, discussions are underway if a replacement can be organized. The selection committee has not yet met formally but chairman Chetan Sharma has been in touch with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah over this and a decision is expected by evening. The delay in the decision on the matter is because the BCCI top brass was occupied with the Governing Council meeting of the IPL.

The ODI squad, to be led by KL Rahul, has two other spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal. After the first ODI in Paarl on January 19, India will play the second match, also in Paarl, on January 21 and round off the six-match tour with the third ODI at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on January 23.

Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin AFP
Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin AFP

Jayant Yadav will stay back in South Africa for the three-match ODI series. Jayant Yadav will be part of the ODI team as a replacement for Washington Sundar who has tested positive for Covid-19 before departure. The rest of the players selected for the ODIs, (Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Venkatesh Iyer, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Prasidh Krishna) departed for Cape Town on Wednesday morning.

With no Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel not available for the series due to injuries, there are concerns over the depth in the batting line-up. Washington’s ability to bat down the order was seen as the link between the middle-order and the lower order.

Jayant Yadav has a sound batting technique and is reliable down the order. He has a Test century against his name too. He is being seen as a like-for-like replacement for Washington Sundar

Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter
Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter

Jay Shah Trying To Onboard Sachin Tendulkar For A Role In Indian Cricket

The BCCI secretary Jay Shah is trying to convince the legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to take a role in Indian cricket. Notable that Sachin Tendulkar was retired from all forms of cricket hasn’t taken any big coaching assignments, barring a mentorship role with Mumbai Indians.

Though there are lots of reports circulating that BCCI tried to convince to take a key role in Indian cricket. In an interview, the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly also told the same that he is trying hard to convince his former opening partner to take a coaching role for the betterment of Indian cricket.

Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar [Image Courtesy: Twitter]
Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar [Image Courtesy: Twitter]

Sachin Tendulkar had few stints with Mumbai Indians as mentor

Recently VVS Laxman has taken charge of NCA head. Former India batter moved from Hyderabad to Bengaluru for the job. Notable that the position was vacant that Rahul Dravid, who was earlier head of NCA, took the job of India head coach. So BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah convinced Laxman to take up the role. Laxman has given up all his media commitments and also resigned from the role of SRH mentor to avoid any conflict of interest scenario.

Jay Shah Trying To Onboard Sachin Tendulkar For A Role In Indian Cricket 1

“He’s (Shah) been off the media radar but absolutely clear about what is the right thing to do. Little things that matter. For instance, appointing Rahul Dravid as head coach, ensuring someone of the stature of VVS Laxman gets associated with the National Cricket Academy (NCA). We’re told he’s now trying to convince Sachin Tendulkar to get into some role in the near future,” as told by some BCCI officials.

Sachin Tendulkar’s stature as a player is not a secret for anyone. As the legendary cricketer holds almost every batting record to his name. Sachin scored 15921 runs in 200 Test matches with an average of 53.78 which includes 51 hundreds while in ODIs he scored 18426 runs in 463 matches with 49 hundreds.

Though his resume doesn’t include any big coaching role. 48-year old had some stints with Mumbai Indians as a mentor for which he played in 6 seasons. If he takes a coaching role in NCA or Indian cricket, he will have to give up his mentoring role for Mumbai Indians.

 

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File photo of BCCI headquarters in Mumbai | Getty
File photo of BCCI headquarters in Mumbai | Getty
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BCCI Will Likely Pause And Postpone The Ongoing Cooch Behar Trophy After 57 Members Tested COVID-19 Positive

BCCI is likely to pause and postpone the ongoing Cooch Behar Trophy after several players tested positive for COVID-19. Under-19 Cooch Behar Knockout Trophy is in jeopardy after 57 people – including players, support staff, and others – tested positive for Covid-19.

The development comes after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to postpone the Ranji Trophy, the Senior Women’s T20 League for the 2021-22 season, and Col CK Nayudu Trophy due to the rising cases of Covid-19 in the country. Among the 57 infected people, 30 are players, nine are support staff, and the rest are groundsmen and match officials who were going to be a part of the tournament.

BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
BCCI (File Photo| PTI)

BCCI Will Take A Call On Covid Affected Under-19 Cooch Behar Knockout Trophy

The BCCI hasn’t called off the tournament yet but a decision will be taken soon. BCCI on Monday postponed the knockout phase of the Cooch Behar Trophy (for Under-19), which was set to kick off from Tuesday in Pune, due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in all the teams. A formal announcement from the Board to this effect is expected anytime.

“We will take a call on it soon. As the tournament was already on, we didn’t want it to stop but soon we will have to take a decision on it,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying.

A total of 8 teams – Maharashtra, Vidarbha, Mumbai, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Haryana, and Bengal have qualified for the tournament. Out of the thirty infected players, six are from Mumbai while every team has an infected player; most of them are asymptomatic, the report stated further.

Action Between Mumbai And J&K In U19 Cooch Behar Trophy File/ GK
Action Between Mumbai And J&K In U19 Cooch Behar Trophy File/ GK

All teams were scheduled to play four-day knockout games in Pune starting Tuesday. Mumbai and Maharashtra played their last game in Pune and are stationed there. Other teams arrived from their respective locations on Saturday and were directed to undergo a three-day quarantine. The reports also stated that the players have to share rooms and undergo daily tests for the next three days.

BCCI Postponed 3 Domestic Tournaments Earlier

A few days ago, BCCI had taken the call to postpone three domestic tournaments.  In a press release, secretary Jay Shah had stated that the health and safety of the players and everyone else involved in the game were paramount.

“BCCI does not want to compromise the safety of the players, support staff, match officials and other participants involved and hence, has decided to put the three tournaments on hold till further notice. The BCCI will continue to assess the situation and take a call on the start of the tournaments accordingly,” Shah had said.

Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)

His statement had come just a few days after BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said that the board will go ahead with its domestic cricket season despite the rise in Covid-19 cases. There was a Covid-19 outbreak in the Bengal Ranji squad, with several players testing positive.

Sourav Ganguly himself had to be hospitalized as a precautionary measure after being found infected by the virus. Even Cricket Association of Bengal president Avishek Dalmiya had to be admitted to a hospital “as a precaution” after contracting Covid.

Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sourav Ganguly Stable After Being Tested Positive For Covid-19

The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has been tested positive for Covid-19 and he has been admitted to hospital as a precautionary measure, his brother Snehasish Ganguly informed it on Tuesday.

Earlier this year he was hospitalized twice after complaining of chest pain and underwent a right coronary angioplasty.

Sourav is stable. He underwent angioplasty earlier this year. So as a precautionary measure he has been admitted to Woodlands,” Snehasish told Indian Express.

Sourav Ganguly reveals T20 world Cup trophy | Image Credit: Twitter
Sourav Ganguly -file photo | Image Credit: Twitter

However, Sourav Ganguly is double vaccinated but he has been traveling constantly as part of his job with BCCI.

“He received Monoclonal Antibody Cocktail therapy on the same night and is currently hemodynamically stable,” Dr Rupali Basu, MD & CEO of Woodlands Hospital, said in a statement.

A medical board comprising Dr. Saroj Mondal, Dr. Saptarshi Basu, and Dr. Soutik Panda in consultation with Dr. Devi Shetty and Dr. Aftab Khan is keeping a close watch on his health status,” Basu added.

Earlier in January Sourav Ganguly was taken to the hospital when former Indian captain complaint of chest discomfort. Then again 20 days later, he was rushed to the hospital for the same reason. However, he recovered quickly and started working from March onwards.

Notable that his brother Snehasish Ganguly was tested Covid-19 positive earlier this year and then Sourav isolated himself as a precautionary measure.

Sourav Ganguly Stable After Being Tested Positive For Covid-19 2

Earlier in the month he has been in the news for the captaincy saga as Virat Kohli was sacked from ODI captaincy and Rohit Sharma has been given the opportunity to lead India in both white-ball formats.

The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly made a statement that he requested Virat Kohli personally to reconsider his resignation from the T20 captaincy. Though later in a press conference Virat Kohli contradicted Ganguly’s statement as such conversation never happened between him and any BCCI official.

He also said that his resignation was well received by the BCCI. However, he showed his disappointment with the way he was informed (about captaincy change) only an hour and a half before the actual announcement.

Also read BCCI Decides To Delay Selection Meeting To Name ODI Squad For South Africa To Know Rohit Sharma’s Availability

Sourav Ganguly- Twitter
Sourav Ganguly- Twitter
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Sourav Ganguly Hospitalised After Testing Covid-19 Positive

Sourav Ganguly is suffering from mild symptoms after testing positive for Covid-19 on Monday night in Kolkata. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Kolkata, it has been confirmed.

The former India captain has been admitted to the Woodlands Hospital in Kolkata with mild symptoms. The doctors did not want to take a chance with the legendary cricketer and therefore, decided to admit him to the hospital on Monday night.

Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sourav Ganguly Taken To Woodlands Nursing Home After Testing Covid-19 Positive

His blood samples will be sent genome sequencing to ascertain if he has contracted the Omicron variant or not. Sourav Ganguly had attended the premiere of Bangla superstar and TMC MP Dev’s latest film Tonic on December 24 and was seen with celebrities like Nusrat, Yash, Babul Supriyo, TMC MLA Madan Mitra.

“He was taken to Woodlands Nursing Home last night. He has been given medication and is currently stable,” a BCCI source was quoted as saying.

Snehashish Ganguly is the CAB secretary and Sourav Ganguly’s elder brother. (Twitter/CAB)
Snehashish Ganguly is the CAB secretary and Sourav Ganguly’s elder brother. (Twitter/CAB)

This is the third time that Sourav Ganguly has been hospitalized this year after January when he was admitted twice after complaining of chest discomfort.  He had actually suffered a heart attack while exercising at his Kolkata home and underwent a right coronary angioplasty.

20 days later, the BCCI President had similar chest pain, leading to the second round of angioplasty on January 28. During the process, two stents were placed in two arteries. The BCCI President resumed work in March and also got himself fully vaccinated against Covid-19. His brother Snehasish Ganguly had also tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this year.

Sourav Ganguly Was Previously Admitted To Hospital For Chest Pain In Early January 2021

The former Indian skipper was admitted to the Woodlands hospital in Kolkata on Saturday 2nd January after he complained of chest pain while working out at his home gym. Sourav Ganguly was hospitalized at Apollo on Wednesday 27th January for the second time in a month due to his cardiac condition. He had suffered a mild heart attack earlier this month and was diagnosed with Triple Vessel Disease.

Sourav Ganguly (Source: File Photo)
Sourav Ganguly (Source: File Photo)

The hospital further added that the tests revealed he had suffered a mild heart attack and the popular former cricketer and current BCCI president had blockages in three coronary arteries.

Sourav Ganguly became BCCI president in October 2019 and under him, IPL 2020 was successfully carried out in the UAE besides the first pink-ball Test against Bangladesh at Kolkata. IPL 2021 came to a halt in India after the Covid-19 bio bubble breach and the remaining half was held in UAE, the same venue where T20I World Cup 2021 was held instead of India for rising Covid-19 cases.

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