During bad times, most of the human population loses their sense of control. Well, the same was the scene with Virat Kohli‘s fans, who started levelling ‘incompetent’ accusations on well-accomplished Saurav Ganguly.
BCCI’s unceremonious sacking of Kohli
BCCI’s unceremonious sacking of Virat Kohli from India’s limited over captaincy came as a rude shock for Virat Kohli’s fans. They just could not digest the fact their beloved, and worshipped leader would not be able to get a captaincy farewell match. Even BCCI also refused to pass any comment on the sacking.
After hunting the internet for any kind of possible explanations from officials, the Virat army was heavily disappointed. They took to Twitter for expressing their disappointment and flatly blamed Saurav Ganguly and BCCI for throwing Virat Kohli out.
Fans took to Twitter to express contempt for Ganguly
A female user called Sarah Waris tried to remind Ganguly of his own sacking during tainted Greg Chappel’s tenure as coach. She failed to notice that same Dravid who was made captain after Ganguly is now on board with him when it came to sacking Kohli.
The last time a captain was sacked in Indian cricket, Dravid took over from Ganguly.
Now, apparently Kohli is sacked and Dravid is the head coach with Ganguly as President. 🤷🏻♀️
— Sarah Waris (@swaris16) December 8, 2021
Another user Devesh tweeted that Ganguly is incompetent to sack a batsman like Kohli, who according to Devesh is 10 times better than him. He forgot that Ganguly, who is responsible for bringing India back from the black days of Azharuddin’s match-fixing scandal is well-versed when it comes to identifying future prospects for the Indian cricket team.
brudda literally said he dropped t20 captaincy to focus on leading the team to that home WC in 2023 loll. When Ganguly went through this everyone was furious, but now many are celebrating it. For a player with 10x the ability. Biggest irony is Ganguly made this call lmaoooo https://t.co/LU2bIlXzhB
— devesh (@devesh0303) December 8, 2021
Another user Killer786 falsely commented that it was a bad decision by Ganguly since Rohit will turn 37 in 2022. In reality, Rohit is just 34 years old and has a lot of cricket left in him.
U know when did ab retire it was when he was 37 years old Rohit i think would turn 37 next year He is killing opportunities for youngsters if he opens in odi now .He should learn something from Suresh Raina In place of him Shubman gill or Mayank Agarwal should play
— killer 786 (@harshsangra86) December 9, 2021
A female fan of Kohli aguishly asked BCCI whether they are thinking of dropping him from the team as well.
Team se bhi drop kar doge kya ?
— Sheetal Mishra 🌼 (@itssitu) December 8, 2021
Venkata Krishna, senior assistant editor at New India Express reminded Indians that Kohli is the first to be sacked after Saurav Ganguly.
First one since Ganguly to be removed as a captain. https://t.co/zbzYpFnBlx
— Venkata Krishna B (@venkatatweets) December 8, 2021
Another Twitter user said that he felt ashamed of having BCCI as India’s cricket board.
Shame on u @BCCI Till now I felt very proud of our cricket board. But now u proved me wrong by taking such a stupid decision! As a Captain he has a very good win percentage. Under his captaincy India won many Matches. Under his captaincy India was truly fabulous.
— 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐮 ❤️ (@Viratian_182003) December 9, 2021
BCCI and Rohit did get a lot of support from fans as well
Luckily, it was not a bipartisan opposition to Ganguly, as there were loads of tweets sent in favor of Rohit’s appointment as captain. Most of the supporters were of the opinion that it was a good decision to reduce the workload on Kohli while some also accused Virat of marginalising talented players.
All the Best Rohit Sharma 💙❤️🤗
Hope Virat can play without pressure 👑💙❤️
They Best of both yet to come 💙❤️
It only makes sense that u have 1 captain for limited overs only pic.twitter.com/TKx6aLID6t
— Tanmoy Chakraborty🩺⚕️ (@Tanmoycv01) December 8, 2021
Kohli marginalized talented players who threatened his position as captain. He instead choose meek and submissive personalities to be in the team.
— Thatweirdguy (@Thatwei15308506) December 9, 2021
Although expected, the Indian cricket team’s selectors made a shocking announcement on 8th December 2021. While declaring the Indian team for their upcoming tour of South Africa, selectors officially announced the dethroning of Virat Kohli from the captaincy of the Indian limited-overs team. With the announcement, Kohli’s rule is now limited to only Test Cricket.
Kohli has become a demi-God for his fans, and even if some minor untoward incidents take place, they get deeply hurt. They should understand that BCCI’s decision is in the favour of the country and not against a particular player.