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Virat Kohli denies wanting to withdraw from ODI series as captaincy grips India

Indian cricket player and Test Captain Virat kohli on Wednesday denied reports that he had asked to sit out an upcoming international date (ODI) series in South Africa, and said he was ready to play.

Kohli added that he was informed about the Supervisory Board for Baseball in India(BCCI)’s decision to remove him from the captaincy came just hours before it was announced.

“I was contacted an hour and a half before the selection meeting on the 8th (December) for the Experimental series,” Kohli said at a press conference. “There hasn’t been any prior communication with me since I announced the T20I captaincy decision. [to resign as T20 captain] until December 8, where I got a call before the selection meeting. ”

“…before ending the call, I was informed that the five selectors had decided I would not be the ODI captain, and I replied, ‘yes, yes’, and during the selection call Then we had a brief chat about it and that’s What Happened. There was no prior communication,” Kohli told reporters a day before the India team set off for South Africa.

India will play South Africa in three Test matches, starting on December 26, and then will play three ODI matches between January 19 and 23.

A controversy over the captaincy has dragged on with the Indian cricket team as two key players – Kohli and Rohit Sharma – are not on the team for the upcoming series, leaving the captain vacant.

Sharma replaced Kohli as captain for the ODI games on December 8 but suffered a hamstring injury that kept him out for at least a month. Sharma will be fit to compete by the time the first ODI match takes place, reports say.

Wishing him a speedy recovery, Kohli said his successor is a “very capable captain and very tactically adept”.

Whether Kohli is one of the most notable captains in the history of Indian cricket – with a 74.64% win rate as captain, third most successful in Tests and Test captaincy India’s most successful experience, who has lifted the team to the top of the global rankings, up from seventh place – the team has yet to win the ICC title under his leadership.

He admitted that this could have been a reason for the decision of the national cricket board to choose him as captain.

“Obviously, we didn’t win the ICC tournaments. I can understand the reason. There is no debate about whether the decision is right or wrong. Whatever decision the BCCI makes is taken from a rational point of view, this is completely understandable,” said Kohli.

The anxiety over who will lead the team into this series also comes at a time when cricket fans and commentators have speculated that there has been a rift between Kohli and Sharma for several years now.

However, Kohli has denied the rumors. “There is no problem between me and Rohit Sharma. I’ve been clearing up for the past two years and I’m tired. None of my actions or decisions will bring the team down,” he said.

The Indian cricket team has seen major changes in the past few months when Kohli stepped down as Twenty20 captain in September this year, citing work pressure. He expressed his wish to continue as ODI and Test captain at the time.

In addition, the head coach of the Indian team Ravi Shastri has been replaced by former captain Rahul Dravid.

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