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We had requested Virat Kohli not to step down as T20I captain: Sourav Ganguly.


Irrespective of India’s performance at the T20 World Cup, Virat Kohli would have stayed as white-ball captain if he wouldn’t have relinquished T20I captaincy. Once Kohli quit captaincy in the shortest format, the selectors decided to completely separate red-ball and white-ball leaderships to avoid confusion.

“We (BCCI) had requested Virat not to step down as T20I captain. There was no plan to change captaincy. But he stepped down as T20I captain and the selectors decided not to split limited-overs captaincy, opting for a complete separation,” Ganguly told.

There’s a school of thought that the failure to win an ICC event had put Kohli’s limited-overs captaincy under pressure and the result at the T20 World Cup could have had a bearing. However, it is understood that the selectors would have retained Kohli as captain in all formats.

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