I like Virat Kohli's attitude, but he fights a lot: Sourav Ganguly lavishes praise on Indian Test skipper
Amid the tussle over Virat Kohli's ODI captaincy, the Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has lavished praise on Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli's attitude. Answering a question asked about which players' attitude he admires, the former Indian captain picked Kohli's name. “I like Virat Kohli’s attitude but he fights a lot,” Ganguly said during an event in Gurgoan.
Later in the same event, when Ganguly was asked about how he deals with stress in life, the BCCI president gave a sarcastic answer that left cricket fans in raptures. “There is no stress in life. Only wife and girlfriend give stress," said Ganguly.
In recent days, the Indian Test skipper and the BCCI chief have reportedly engaged themselves in a virtual war of words by directly contradicting each other's claims about Kohli's removal as ODI captain. Ganguly had earlier said that he had personally spoken to Kohli about the decision and asked him to not relinquish captaincy in the T20I format. However, Kohli completely denied that happening.
In an explosive press conference before India's departure to South Africa, Kohli said, "I had told BCCI that I want to quit T20I captaincy. I wasn't told to reconsider it. It was received well, without any hesitation; I was told it's a progressive step and it's in the right direction. I had told them that I want to continue ODI and Test captaincy unless the office bearers think otherwise. I had given that option to them."
Following Kohli's big claims, neither Ganguly nor BCCI have given any official response. Ganguly claimed that the BCCI will deal with the matter and he will not make any more comments about it. “Let’s not take this further, I have nothing to say. It is the matter of the BCCI and they will only deal with it appropriately," Ganguly told News 18.