Virat Kohli slams critics for cooking up false stories after his decision to quit T20 captaincy

Ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup match against Pakistan, Virat Kohli slammed critics for cooking up false stories after he announced his decision to quit captaincy in T20Is. The veteran of the game will leave the captaincy armband after the global event in the UAE.

Kohli asserted that he has explained the reason and refused to speak on the topic ahead of the campaign opener against the arch-rivals.

“I have already explained myself a lot and I don’t think I need to harp on that anymore. Our focus is to play well in this World Cup and do what we need to do as a team. Rest people are trying to dig up things that don’t exist and I am not someone who is ever going to give fodder to that. I have explained myself very honestly and openly and if people feel there’s more to it than what I have already told, I feel pretty bad for them. That’s certainly not the case,” Kohli said as quoted by New Indian express.

When Sourav Ganguly was asked about Virat Kohli decision, the president of the BCCI said that there was no pressure from the Indian cricket board.

“I was surprised (that Virat Kohli decided to step down as T20 captain). This decision must have been taken only after the England tour and it is his decision. There was no pressure from our end. We didn’t tell him anything. We don’t do things like that because I myself have been a player so I understand. It is very difficult to be a captain in all formats for this long,” Ganguly said.