Virat Kohli has announced that he will resign as the Team India captain in the shortest format of the game after the T20 World Cup 2021. While the news has sent shockwaves across the Indian cricketing community, some of the more controversial topics such as the BCCI trying to cover it up, have come in the limelight now.
A report shared earlier this week by The Times of India suggested that Kohli was going to give up his captaincy in both T20Is and ODIs. The reason given behind it was that the cricketer simply wanted to focus on becoming a better batsman and retain the form he has lost over the last couple of years.
However, BCCI secretary Jay Shah rubbished these reports and even went on to say that the cricket board was hundred percent backing Kohli up as the team captain. “There is no such proposal and the team is led by Virat and we are backing him,” he had said in an interview.
But as soon as Kohli posted on Twitter about his resignation and the news was out in the open, Shah was seen not only showing his support towards Kohli’s decision but went on to say that he was aware of it all over six months ago and was in constant touch with the cricketer in his journey of decision-making.
“We have a clear roadmap for Team India. Considering the workloads and ensuring that we have smooth transition, Mr Virat Kohli has decided to step down as T20I Captain after the upcoming World Cup,” Shah said on the official BCCI website.
“I have been in discussions with Virat and the leadership team for the last six months and the decision has been thought through. Virat will continue to contribute as a player and as a senior member of the side in shaping the future course of Indian cricket,” he added.
Those who have been following the drama around Kohli and his captaincy, quickly connected the dots and have started flooding Twitter asking the right questions to the right people.
So did Jay Shah lie when he said that there is no such discussion on the change in captaincy?