Rohit Sharma And Virat Kohli Will Suffer If They Do Not Play In Each Others' Captaincy – Kirti Azad
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Former India cricketer Kirti Azad has said that Indian white-ball captain Rohit Sharma and red-ball captain Virat Kohli will suffer if they do not play in each others’ captaincy.

The BCCI has confirmed that Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the entire Test series against South Africa due to a hamstring injury and reports claim that he will return at the time ODI series against South Africa. Also, on Tuesday some reports emerged claiming that red-ball captain Kohli will not be available for the ODI series as he wants to take some time off to spend time with family.

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Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli
Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli. Image-Twitter

Meanwhile, reacting to the report of Kohli missing the ODI series former cricketer Azad said that Indian cricket will suffer if Rohit and Kohli don’t play together. Azad speaking to ANI said:

“If Rohit and Virat are not playing together then the team will suffer later they will suffer themselves first. One player will replace another. No one is indispensable. Many greats have come and gone Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly. So, they will suffer first if they do not play in each others’ captaincy.”

Azad added that Rohit and Kohli are the mainstays of the Indian batting unit and the BCCI should find out where the problem is. He elaborated:

“Rohit being unwell and Kohli not available for the ODIs. Two of your best players are not available for either of your series is really serious for India. They have been the mainstay of your Indian batting and the board must find out where is the problem if at all there is any rather than its member tweeting that there might be a rift in the side. It is not good for the morals of the side and South Africa is a good team especially when you are playing on good hard tracks. It’s altogether different from playing in any part of the world. The wickets are different.”

Kirti Azad Reacts To Mohammad Azharuddin’s Statement On Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Twitter)

Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin took to Twitter to give his opinions on reports which stated that Kohli has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for a break from the ODI series to spend some time with his family and celebrate the birthday of his daughter. Azharuddin on Twitter wrote that there is no harm in taking a break but the timing has to be better.

Meanwhile, reacting to the Tweet by former captain Azharuddin, Azad said that he was surprised to see Azhar who is part of the BCCI making such statements. He asserted:

“I am really very surprised by Azhar who is a great player and former India captain who is also a part of the BCCI. He is the President of the Hyderabad Cricket Association. So, is he saying what the BCCI is saying because once he says anything or tweets anything on social media? It is taken as a part of an Association or part of a BCCI.”

“This may lead to a lot of problems within the BCCI and it just might be nothing. So, these irrelevant kinds of statements without any substance to them. I will call only speculations because if they are not saying then the board should come out,” he added.

Virat Kohli Rohit Sharma India
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: Twitter

Meanwhile, in a press conference on Wednesday Virat Kohli clearly mentioned that he has no plans to take a break and he will be available for the Test and ODI series in South Africa tour which will be commencing from December 26.

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