Indian national team’s chief selector Chetan Sharma has quashed reports claiming that there is a possible ‘rift’ between Indian captains, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.
The two senior members of the team are India’s most prominent all-format batsmen. Their worth to the Indian team is immeasurable but the media constantly speculates about the discord between Kohli and Rohit. Speaking about the same with ESPNcricinfo, Sharma said:
“But about what? Things are absolutely fine. That’s why I was saying don’t go by speculations. We’re all cricketers first and selectors later. There is nothing between them. Sometimes I read reports about them and laugh. I’m telling you there is such good planning between them about the future.”
“Things are fantastic. If you were in my place, you would have enjoyed watching how these guys are working together as a team and family and a unit. It’s really saddening when people make up things like that. So please, leave controversies behind in 2021. Let’s talk about how to make them the best team.“
Everyone in the meeting said that you should think about your decision – Chetan Sharma on Virat Kohli giving up T20I captaincy
After Kohli revealed that he wasn’t told by anyone to quit captaincy, Chetan Sharma has come out claiming that the selection panel and BCCI officials requested him to reconsider his decision for the sake of Indian cricket.
“Everyone in the meeting said that you should think about your decision, and we can speak about it after the World Cup. We all felt that it will affect the [performance at] World Cup. It was told to Virat, for the sake of the Indian team, please continue as the captain.”
“Everyone present there said that — the selectors as well as the board officials who were there… He has his fans. We respect him if he has taken a decision, but back then everyone asked him to think about it,” Sharma mentioned.
As of now, India has appointed Rohit as the white-ball captain while Kohli will continue as the red-ball skipper.