Ravichandran Ashwin joking with Virat Kohli. (Source- Instagram virushkaempire_2.0)
Ever since Virat Kohli has announced to step down as the captain of the T20 format, the market of rumors against him is hot. There were claims in media reports that Kohli decided to step down from the captaincy of the T20 team due to complaints from senior players. Now the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has broken the silence in this matter.
The BCCI has expressed displeasure over the news making such a claim. It has termed such reports as vague and baseless. At the same time, Ravichandran Ashwin, who came in the discussion about these news, has also called them as Fake News. In this case, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has also reiterated that BCCI had no role in Virat Kohli leaving the T20 team captaincy. It was his own decision.
Dhumal said, 'No player of Team India has made any complaint against Virat Kohli. Media should refrain from writing such vague and baseless news. When there is no complaint against Virat Kohli then why such news is going on. We are not sitting here to reply on fake news.
Virat Kohli had announced to step down as the captain of the Indian T20 team on 16 September. After this, media reports said that Kohli had gone to the selectors. He had asked to remove Rohit from the post of vice-captain. Two-three days ago, media reports said that two senior Indian cricketers Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane had complained to BCCI secretary Jay Shah about Virat Kohli after the defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the World Test Championship.
Ravichandran Ashwin was also mentioned in some media reports. It was claimed that Ravichandran Ashwin had complained to Jay Shah about Virat Kohli. Only after that Virat Kohli decided to leave the captaincy of the T20 team.
On these reports, Dhumal told the Times of India, 'No Indian cricketer has made a written or oral complaint to the BCCI about Virat Kohli. BCCI cannot answer every false report. We have seen some news which said that there will be changes in India's World Cup squad. Who said this thing?'
Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin shared two posts on his Instagram story. In this he wrote, 'I am looking for a handle named Fake News. It used to be a lot of fun for gossip.' In the next post, he wrote, 'Oh yes, thanks guys. He's got it. I just heard that he has changed his name and now he is called IANS and some other people also refer to him.