Along with 2012 tour of Australia, Team India were whitewashed by England in four-match Test series.

Venkat, a former first-class cricketer and a national selector from East Zone between 2008-2012, revealed these details in his column for a Bengali tabloid. Venkat was the selector of Indian cricket team which was led by Kris Srikkanth.

“It was a Four-Test assortment in Australia in 2011-12 and after India had misplaced the first three matches, we decided that a change of guard was essential,” Venkat stated.

“Mohinder Amarnath and Narendra Hirwani (then selectors from North Zone and Central Zone respectively) had accompanied the team Down Under and upon their return they reported that there were several factions within the team. Team spirit had hit rock bottom." he said.

We wanted someone who could restore unity in the team. Virat was our choice, for he was not into any faction and had also brilliantly led North Zone to the 2010-11 Deodhar Trophy title. Before that he had impressed as the captain of India Under-19 team.” he added.

“We had unanimously decided to ship in a model new captain. We believed Dhoni’s time was up and Virat should take over. We had met to pick the squad for the ODI leg of the tour, nevertheless as per the BCCI construction, we couldn’t announce the workforce for an overseas assortment with out the president’s consent. Srinivasan merely didn’t allow us to make the change and change Dhoni,” Venkat added.

“Three years down the line, our decision has been vindicated,” Venkat wrote in his column.

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