The power holders in the Indian Cricket team have changed. Earlier it was Ravi Shastri who did not renew his contract, then it was Virat Kohli who resigned on his own from the T20 captaincy. The BCCI then dethroned Virat from the ODI captaincy and now after losing the SA series, Virat has decided to step away from the test captaincy as well.
Speaking to Cricinfo, Sanjay Manjrekar commented that it was probably time for the Indian team to move away from Virat Kohli but not so early. Manjrekar in his own words, “After the series loss in South Africa and the kind of behavior that you saw from Virat Kohli, I was thinking that may be not so soon but it is time for India now to move on from Virat Kohli but not right now”
Kohli and company were livid after the DRS review showed the ball going over the stumps of Dean Elgar, who was given out by the on-field umpire Marias Erasmus.
While Ganguly in December stated to a leading publication that he requested to Virat that he remain the T20 captain, Kohli had denied such request and commentated that the move was considered as “progressive” by the members of the board. India was eyeing their maiden test series win in South Africa and cricketing pundits believed that India had the best chance this time against the inexperienced South African side. India lost the series by 2 -1 and their batting collapse was the reason why they lost both matches at Johannesburg and Newlands.