Virat Kohli, India’s test Captain and star cricketer after much of speculation about rift between him and his counterpart Rohit Sharma over captaincy shuffle, came forward to clear the clouds in a pre departure press conference.

Raising different internal uncertainties and his iteration of availability for the series, was enough to kill the air of suspense over his break.

“I was and I am available for selection all the time. I never communicated with BCCI asking for rest. I am available for the ODI series in South Africa, and was always available,” Kohli said during the pre-departure press conference before the tour of South Africa.

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“It should be asked to people who are writing lies. My communication with the BCCI on this issue has not happened that I want to rest,” he added.

Over the last two days, when Rohit Pulled out of the first test, there was much in air to note about the propping rift. But Virat Kohli Came up with some substantial clarifications.

Responding to the endless chatter, Kohli said, “A lot of things that happen on the outside are not ideal and not always how one expects them to be.

“But you have to understand there’s only so much that you can do as an individual and we have to do the things that you can as an individual, in my control show. I’m very focused and very mentally prepared.”

India will play three Tests against South Africa, starting December 26, followed by as many ODIs in January.

Apart from all these Virat Kohli also raised some sort of insensitivity at management and selectors part. He talked very openly and confronted the captaincy shuffle question and uttered ” I was contacted one-and-a-half hour before selection for Tests. The chief selector discussed with me the Test squad. Before the call ended, I was told that the five selectors have decided that I won’t be ODI captain anymore. There was no prior communication about this.”

Replying to the rift speculation he proclaimed “There is no problem between me and Rohit Sharma. I have been clarifying for the past two years and I am tired now. I want to also say one thing that none of my actions or decisions will be to take the team down.”

“My responsibility is to push the team in the right direction. Rohit is a very able captain and tactically very sound. Along with Rahul bhai, who is a great man manager, they will get my 100 percent support in ODIs and T20Is in whatever vision they set for the team in limited-overs cricket.” He further added.


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