Just after India getting knocked out of the 2019 World Cup with the loss to New Zealand in the semi-finals, reports of rift between captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma started circulating around the cricketing circles. Virat was even asked about the whole agenda during pre-tour press conference before the West Indies tour. He clearly denied any rift with the limited-overs opener and stated that everything is good.
Rohit Sharma, on the other hand, mentioned in his Twitter post that he considers the country first. The newly reappointed head coach Ravi Shastri also refused to accept these reports during that press conference and has even denied them in a recent interview.
It is absolute nonsense
Shastri noted that he has been with this team for a period of five years and has been an essential part of the dressing room. He stated that the players complement each other and called the rift reports as ‘absolute nonsense’.
“Listen, I have been around the dressing room for the last five years. I have seen how the boys have played and how they have complemented the team and know their work ethics. I feel it is absolute nonsense,” said Ravi Shastri as quoted by Gulf News.
Shastri revealed that he knows how every player approaches the game and goes about it. He also exemplified the facts that Rohit wouldn’t have compiled five hundreds in the ICC World Cup 2019 and Virat wouldn’t be doing this, if there was rift between the two senior Indian cricketers.
“I have been there with them and I know the way they play. If that was the case why would Rohit get five hundreds in the World Cup? Why would Virat do what he is doing? How would they have partnerships together?” asked Ravi Shastri.