Being the captain of the Indian team, Virat Kohli, might have a say in the selection of the team, but it definitely does not mean that his words are final.
Virat might have enjoyed absolute power before but times have changed and the tides have shifted. The skipper of the Indian team, has to fight with the selection panel just to secure a spot for Shikar Dhawan in the ODI team for the match that took place against England this year.
The selection panel is headed by former pacer Chetan Sharma. It has been reported that the atmosphere was quite tense as they continued debating whether or not to include Shikhar.
For instance, he had to fight hard to have Shikhar Dhawan in the ODI squad for the India-England series in February- March this year.
So hot was the debate in that March meeting, that the BCCI had to wait for some sort of consensus before making the announcement, almost five days after the squad was picked.
The panel apparently wanted a new opener for the Indian team. The panel had been eyeing a new candidate who had showcased potential at the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
The selectors, it is learnt, wanted to have another opener who did well in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
This is not the first incident that made fans question Virat’s reach as captain. During the England Test series, apparently both Virat and head coach of the Indian team Ravi Shastri had asked for a replacement for the injured players. They had requested Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal. Their request was not accepted.
On Thursday, Virat dropped the news that he was going to step down from his captaincy role in the T20 World Cup. Although the news was shocking to his fans, but as reports suggest, the discussions have been going on for as long as six months.
He cited his immense workload as reasons behind this decision. The pressure has been too much for me for the last 8-9 years.
Despite this call, Virat is still going to lead the Indian team in the ODI series.
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