Shocking - Sourav Ganguly Wanted to Issue THIS to Virat Kohli over Explosive Presser

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly actually wanted to issue a Show Cause Notice to Virat Kohli for the explosive press conference that he gave before the Indian cricket team departed South Africa.

Sourav Ganguly file photo (Image credit: Twitter)
By Siddharth vishwanathan | Jan 21, 2022 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

The situation between Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, and the BCCI has become ugly in the last couple of months. It all began from the press conference that Virat Kohli did before the Indian cricket team left South Africa. In that presser, Kohli stated the lack of communication to him when he was asked to step down as the captain of the ODI team. Now, according to a report by India Ahead News, it has emerged that Sourav Ganguly was close to doing something unprecedented in the history of Indian cricket. According to the report, it stated that Ganguly had drafted a letter issuing a show-cause notice to Virat Kohli.

A BCCI Source told India Ahead News that the show cause notice was issued for his emotional outburst in the press conference. Ganguly was asked by the BCCI to not do it. But, the bold statement made by Kohli has snowballed into an ugly episode. The prelude to the PC was when Virat Kohli had announced his decision to step down as T20I captain before the ICC World T20.

Virat Kohli and the communication gap with Sourav Ganguly, BCCI

It all began when Virat Kohli announced before the ICC World T20 that he was relinquishing the captaincy of the T20 side. Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary and Ganguly had requested Kohli to not give up the T20 captaincy and hang in until the end of the tournament. But, Kohli made the announcement, which suggested that he did not take the suggestions from Ganguly and Shah seriously.

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The press conference issued by Kohli made the BCCI the pantomime villain in the whole episode. It suggested that BCCI took all team-related decisions without consulting Kohli. Interestingly, when Kohli relinquished the Test captaincy, he called up Jay Shah and not Sourav Ganguly. This seems to suggest that Ganguly and Kohli are not on good terms. The friction seemed to have started in 2017 apparently. Ganguly had made Anil Kumble the top choice as the Indian cricket team head coach.

But, Kumble and Kohli had a falling out in the aftermath of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final loss to Pakistan. Kumble resigned as the head coach. Ganguly has also commented on Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as India’s Test captain.

Ganguly hails Kohli’s captaincy

He has also paid a tribute to Kohli’s tenure as the captain of the team. With his decision, he won’t be the captain of the team in any format as well. Notably, he resigned from T20 captain in November last year whereas he was sacked from the ODI captaincy prior to the South Africa tour.

“Under Virat’s leadership, Indian cricket has made rapid strides in all formats of the game. His decision is a personal one and BCCI respects it immensely. He will be an important member to take this team to newer heights in the future. A great player. Well done @BCCI @imVkohli,” Sourav Ganguly said in his tweet.

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