Following India’s defeat in the Test series against South Africa, Virat Kohli resigned as captain of the team, and Sourav Ganguly became the BCCI President. According to Ganguly, Kohli did not want to lead in Twenty20 Internationals, and he did not remove him from the top spot.

Virat Kohli's resignation

When Virat Kohli’s resignation as India captain was the subject of multiple discussions, Indian cricket faced difficult times. Following the T20 World Cup 2021, Virat Kohli resigned as India’s T20I captain and was later stripped of the ODI captaincy. At the beginning of 2022, he then announced his resignation as Test captain.

At the conclusion of the India vs. South Africa Test series in 2021–2022, Kohli resigned as captain of the team. Despite being the most successful India captain in the format, Kohli abruptly resigned from his position as captain of the longest format, which he oversaw from 2014 onward. 

Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI President at the time of Kohli’s resignation and a former captain of India, has opened up about the batter’s decision to step down as captain once more. The player, who was born in Delhi, has stated that Ganguly did not remove him from the Test captaincy; rather, he asked that he step down from the position after the Twenty20 Internationals.

I did not dethrone Virat as captain. I’ve mentioned this numerous times. In T20Is, he had no interest in taking the lead. After he made that decision, I advised him to give up playing white-ball cricket altogether if he had no desire to lead in Twenty20 internationals. As Ganguly said on the reality show Dadagiri Unlimited Season 10, “Let there be a white-ball captain and a red-ball captain.”

A day after the Men in Blue lost the series 2-1 to South Africa, Kohli announced his resignation as captain of the Indian Test team. The Indian Board ousted him from the top position in the ODIs after he had already quit as T20I captain in 2021. 

Ganguly recounted how he encouraged Rohit Sharma to assume leadership roles in all three forms. “I encouraged Rohit Sharma to assume the captaincy job because he showed little enthusiasm in leading in any of the game’s three formats. Therefore, I may have had some influence over that, but the players are the ones who excel on the field, regardless of the administrator. While this is a minor portion of my job as President of the BCCI, I was appointed to work for the growth of Indian cricket,” the man stated.