The rumours of rift inside the Indian team is refusing to die down. The rumours first started after India exited the World Cup with a defeat to New Zealand in the semifinal. Reports at that time suggested that all was not well between captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma. The Indian dressing room was reportedly divided into two halves.
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Since then the rumours have only escalated and recently it took another turn for the worse. Virat Kohli took to social media on Friday to post a photograph of himself with India teammates after a training session ahead of the 1st T20I vs West Indies in Florida. Kohli captioned the picture “SQUAD” while he was seen posing with Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Shreyas Iyer, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and KL Rahul.
But fans were quick to derive another meaning of the picture. The fans quickly pointed out the absence of Rohit Sharma from the group photo. Fans started speculating about the rumoured rift as Rohit was missing from the ‘SQUAD’ photo.
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— Arjun Srivastava (@ArjunSr34875084) August 2, 2019
— Gaurav Varmani 🇮🇳 (@gauravvarmani) August 2, 2019
— Chota Don #IndiaSupportsCAA (@choga_don) August 2, 2019
Where is @ImRo45… unke sath bhi pic honi chiye…😐😐
— vikalp bhardwaj (@vikalp28807878) August 2, 2019
With your and @ImRo45 every pic it is getting evident that there are indeed 2 camps in team, not seen shikhar or rishabh in ur pics and Rahul n Bhuvi in his pics. You both can give interviews that all is well but action speaks louder than words. Ur egos will break the no. 1 team.
— Vishal Shukal (@vss80) August 2, 2019
Please try to include them from next click Virat sir..
— Sanjay Yadav (@iamsanjaydv) August 2, 2019
Virat Kohli, meanwhile, had tried to douse the flames before departing for the West Indies tour. The India star had rubbished the rumours of rift while saying that the stories were baseless.
“In my opinion it’s baffling to be honest. It’s absolutely ridiculous to read such stuff that comes out. I have been to a few public events and the sentiment is ‘aap log kya khele (you guys played so well)’,” Virat Kohli said at India’s pre-departure press conference on Monday.
“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,” Kohli added.
India will play three T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests against West Indies.