#NationStandsWithDada trends on Twitter supporting Sourav Ganguly over captaincy row involving Virat Kohli
Kolkata/IBNS: Indian cricket board (BCCI) chief Sourav Ganguly was supported by a section of Twitterati on Friday over an ugly scene that unfolded over the captaincy issue involving Test skipper Virat Kohli.
While the statements of Ganguly and Kohli apparently contradict, Twitterati trended #NationStandsWithDada while the Test skipper's fans went ahead to slam the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and its head for their favourite as the One Day International (ODI) captain.
One Sunny Rajput tweeted, "All of India's last few captains resigned themselves respectfully. BCCI also gave this option to Kohli. But, he is so power hungry and greedy after Anushka come in His life that he refused to resign and BCCI throw him out."
All of India's last few captains resigned themselves respectfully. BCCI also gave this option to Kohli. But, he is so power hungry and greedy after Anushka come in His life that he refused to resign and BCCI throw him out #NationStandsWithDada— Sunny_Rajput (@Sunny_Rajput87) December 16, 2021
Sourav Mazumder tweeted, "Keep calm and watch now . . . #NationStandsWithDada."
Saheli Mukherjee said, "The man who taught the Indian team how to win tournaments overseas,the man who taught how to response to bloody eyes of the opponents,the man behind the upcoming of great talents and the man behind the revived Indian team Yes he is Sourav Ganguly! #NationStandsWithDada."
The man who taught the Indian team how to win tournaments overseas,the man who taught how to response to bloody eyes of the opponents,the man behind the upcoming of great talents and the man behind the revived Indian team— Saheli Mukherjee (@saheli_mukherje) December 16, 2021
Yes he is Sourav Ganguly!#NationStandsWithDada pic.twitter.com/kToXb04knL
Another user said, "BCCI Should remove Virat Kohli from Test Captaincy he is the burden of the Test team #ViratVsBCCI
What is the captaincy issue?
Virat Kohli on Wednesday contradicted BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who said he had personally talked to the former over the pot boiling captaincy issue.
Days ago, Ganguly, who faced backlash after his cricket board sacked Kohli as ODI captain, had said, "It's a call that the BCCI and the selectors took together. Actually, the BCCI had requested Virat to not step down as the T20I skipper but obviously, he did not agree. And the selectors then did not feel it right to have two different captains for two white-ball formats."
"So it was decided that Virat will continue as Test captain and Rohit will take over as the white-ball captain. I as President personally spoke to Virat Kohli and the chairman of selectors has also spoken to him," Ganguly told ANI.
Kohli and Ganguly
Kohli, who has confirmed his participation in the upcoming India-South Africa ODI series, on Wednesday said he was informed about a change in ODI leadership one-and-a-half hours prior to the selection of the Test side.
"I was contacted one-and-a-half hours 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."
Kohli has even said his decision to quit T20 captaincy was accepted well by the board, once again contradicting Ganguly, who said he had requested the 33-year-old to not step down.
"When I told the BCCI that I want to give up T20I captaincy, it was accepted really well. There was no hesitancy. I was told that it was a progressive step. I had informed at that time that I would like to lead in ODIs and Tests.
"The communication from my side was clear but I had also informed that if the office bearers and selectors don't think I should lead in other formats, then that is fine," the Test skipper said.