The Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli rift was a hot topic of discussion among cricket fans. Mainly during the 2019-20 season, many reports suggested that the Indian skipper and the vice skipper have a rift. However, nothing was confirmed and the Captain and Vice-Captain continued to lead India. Meanwhile, Indian Head Coach Ravi Shastri has now opened about the situation of two of the most experienced Indian players.
Ravi Shastri in a chat with Times Now revealed that he never saw a rift between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Also, Shastri further pinpointed he has never seen anything wrong happening and even if something happened he would have said directly to Kohli and Rohit.
“I never saw it. So when people used to ask me like this, I say what you have seen I have not seen. Hamesha taalmel acha hai (the coordination has always been there). I have never seen it affecting the team. If I see an effect in the team, I will say on Virat or Rohit’s face that this is not on and you have to look at things differently. But not once have I seen it impacting the team from day 1. I am a person who says what I want,” Shastri told Times Now.
“It’s ridiculous to read such news”: Virat Kohli on alleged rift with Rohit Sharma
After the 2019 World Cup, the Indian captain Virat Kohli was asked about the rift and the Delhi-born cricketer denied the reports. Also, he expressed his disappointment on such news labeling it as ‘ridiculous’.
“I too have heard a lot. Dressing room atmosphere is important to succeed. If this (rumor of the rift) was true, we would not have performed well. It’s ridiculous to read such news. We are overlooking faces. We are turning blind eyes towards good things. It’s disrespectful to bring such news. You’ll come to the changing room and see how we are. We cant show you videos. It baffles you as a team member and the captain,” Virat Kohli stated
Meanwhile, under the coaching of Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli continues to lead the Indian team with his deputy Rohit Sharma, and they will have an eye on winning the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021.