An alleged rift between India skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma is out in the open after their shocking exit from the ICC World Cup 2019. Although Kohli has squashed all the reports, former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar feels that stories of rift will continue to do the rounds even if they disagree to it.
It will affect team environment: Gavaskar
The reports surfaced as soon as India exited the World Cup with a defeat to New Zealand in the semifinal. Reports suggested that the Indian dressing room has been divided into two halves with one half backing Kohli and the other half backing Rohit. Kohli did try to rubbish the reports before the team’s departure to the United States, but it has not made much of a difference.
Sunil Gavaskar feels the news of the alleged will continue to resurface every time Rohit Sharma will fail. He also added that despite the concerned players disagreeing to it, the reports are unlikely to end soon.
“Virat and Rohit can shout from the rooftops as much as they can but this story won’t end. Every time Rohit fails there will be those who will nod their heads knowingly and wink, hinting he deliberately got out. Nobody even gives a thought to the fact that if a player fails he is likely to be dropped and so he would be hurting his own chances of survival in the squad,” he wrote in his column for Sportstar.
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Furthermore, Sunil Gavaskar stated that few frustrated cricketers in the dressing room initiate these kinds of stories which eventually affects the environment in the team. The leak of the news that one of the senior players had his family stay with him for longer than the stipulated period without the permission of skipper Virat Kohli and the coach created an atmosphere of mistrust in the dressing room.
“Whoever starts such stories is definitely not a well-wisher of Indian cricket. More often than not it’s a frustrated player in the squad who gives wings to stories like this. His envy and jealousy harm the team. Then of course it suits some administrators to play their own game of politics,” Gavaskar concluded.