One of the noticeable things during the recently concluded white-ball series between India and England was the sight of Indian captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma being involved in discussions during a game or them being clicked together in team photos.
The sight of Virat and Rohit being on talking terms or enjoying each other’s company put to the rest the gossip machine that has been working overtime during the past year or so as far as the alleged rift between the two superstars of Indian cricket.
During the past few months, there has been a lot of chatter on social media and among vested interests regarding the alleged differences between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
And, so, fed up with these rumor mongers, it was a concerted effort by the two superstars to spend a lot of time talking to each other in public or appearing in photographs together a lot more than in the past.
“They’ve spent a lot of time talking to each other in public, like during the post-match presentation at the end of the T20 series. They’ve been appearing in photographs together a lot more than in the past. During the One-day series, Virat made it a point to keep his discussions on with Rohit constantly during the game. These things would happen earlier too, but this one time they’ve decided to make it more visible for outsiders to know that all this chatter now needs to stop,” a source close to the team was quoted as saying by Times of India.
It is perfectly normal for two strong personalities within a set-up to grow apart from each other due to differences in opinion.
But the bio-bubble and the restrictions that have come with it have helped the team members to come close to each other and bury whatever differences that may have existed in the past.
The same has been the case with Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who understood that it’s in the best interest of the team if the duo is on the same page. And, it was head coach Ravi Shastri, who helped the duo ‘talk out’ whatever differences that may have existed between them.
“Apart from winning two big series, that’s been the biggest gain inside the Team India dressing room. A great deal of personal bonding has happened in recent weeks and they’re more in sync now than ever with regards to their cricket, the team, their responsibilities and the upcoming challenges. They understand now, more than ever, that the team will only benefit if they find themselves on the same page. This has been the biggest takeaway in the last four months,” said the source.
“All the chatter from the outside was causing too much bitterness and all the hearsay was making things worse. It’s been the story of Indian cricket for far too long – of vested interests time and again taking advantage of rivalries between players. Like all professionals, Virat and Rohit too would have their disagreements from time to time. But until recently, they never thought of sitting down and talking it out with the kind of clarity that is now visible,” sources added.