The alleged rift between India skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma had dominated the headlines not very long ago. As soon as India exited the World Cup after losing the semifinal to New Zealand, the reports came out. The reports suggested that the Indian dressing room was divided into two halves with one side favouring Virat Kohli and the other favouring Rohit.
In fact, those rumours gathered steam to such an extent that Virat Kohli had to speak on it before India’s departure for the West Indies tour. Now, a candidate who was shortlisted for the position of Team India head coach has revealed that he was asked by the Kapil Dev-led CAC panel as to how he would have handled the alleged rift between the captain and vice-captain.
“I told the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that there is no such fight and Virat has gone on record to deny this, so I don’t know how to answer this question but I would have stepped in immediately and doused it,” the candidate told mid-day.
The CAC had recently interview five of the six shortlisted candidates before re-appointing Ravi Shastri as the head coach. The other interviewed candidates were Tom Moody, Mike Hesson, Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh.
The candidate further spoke on what he would have done to bring peace inside the dressing room.
“I wouldn’t have allowed it to escalate. I would also involve the BCCI and keep them in the loop because I want a happy and healthy dressing room. If at all there was a rift why couldn’t the present coach solve it,” he said.
As far as Virat Kohli is concerned, he had categorically denied any rifts in the dressing room. He went on to slam the rumours, saying:
“We are feeding off lies. We are overlooking facts. We are turning a blind eye to all the good things that has happened. We are creating fantasies and scenarios in our head and want to accept that this is the truth.”