In the last couple of years, stories of rifts between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma have seen a lot of interest from the Indian cricketing circuit. Not only the fans, buut experts in the Indian cricket fraternity have gone on to speak about the behind the scene rivalry between the two Indian stars.
The first time when this came to limelight was after the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup when India lost the semi-final game to New Zealand and got eliminated from the tournament. The rift was also highlighted when Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli met each other in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). The two players didn’t even face each other, let alone speaking to each other.
5 Instances Which Show There Is No Rift Between Rohit Sharma And Virat Kohli
5. Rohit Sharma Congratulated Virat Kohli When The Latter Won The ICC Player Of The Decade Award
Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the Sir Garfield Sober’s ICC Male Cricketer Of The Decade award last year. He was also awarded the ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer Of The Decade. Along with Virat, the ICC also nominated Rohit Sharma in the latter category. As the Indian Cricket Team shared the prestigious awards won by Virat Kohli, Rohit congratulated the Indian skipper.
The Indian Cricket team wrote, “Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male cricketer of the Decade, ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade, Runs, Trophies and phenomenal numbers across formats in last decade. Champion in the truest sense. Congratulations to Virat Kohli.”
In response, Rohit Sharma commented, “Great achievement”
4. Rohit Sharma Congratulated Virat Kohli And Anushka Sharma On The Birth Of Vamika
Notably, Rohit Sharma did not have a very good relationship with Virat’s wife, Anushka Sharma too. The Indian vice-captain had reportedly unfollowed Ansuhka on Instagram after a heated row between the two during the 2019 World Cup. This year, Virat and Anushka were gifted with the birth of their first child, their daughter Vamika.
Rohit Sharma took to the occasion and made sure that he congratulates the couple on this incredible milestone. He took to Twitter and retweeted Virat Kohli’s post writing, “Incredible feeling this. Congratulations to both of you. God bless.”
Incredible feeling this. Congratulations to both of you. God bless. https://t.co/E6SRHcazyr
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) January 11, 2021
3. Virat Kohli Handed Over The Captaincy To Rohit Sharma InThe 4th T20I
In the dying overs of the fourth T20I between India and England, Virat Kohli had to walk off the field as he suffered an injury while fielding in the second innings. However, he wasn’t reluctant to hand over the captaincy to Rohit and walk off the field. Eventually, the Indian Cricket Team made a comeback in the dying overs of the game and won the fourth T20I.
Virat walked out from the dugout and congratulated Rohit for leading the side in an impeccable manner. The win over England helped team India remain in contention for winning the series.
2. Virat Kohli’s Incredible Gesture On Rohit Sharma’s Coverdrive
India took on England in a four-match Test series earlier this year. In the second Test at Chennai, Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma opened the innings for team India and Rohit looked in great touch right from the first ball. After Gill departed, the vetran right-hander smashed a scintillating cover drive off Stuart Broad and Virat Kohli couldn’t help but praise Rohit Sharma.
In a video that took the internet by storm, Virat was seen saying, “Shot Boy!” at Rohit’s scintillating drive. Virat was extremely pumped up when he was seen celebrating Rohit’s drive.
Watch the video here:
Yes boy ! : Virat Kohli
applauding Rohit Sharma 's glorious cover drive.💙
— Ƥ (@Pallette_) February 13, 2021
1. Virat Kohli’s Applause For Rohit Sharma’s Pull Shot
For the first time in Indian cricket history, Rohit and Virat opened the innings for the Men in Blue in T20I cricket. Both the batsmen peeld off the English bowlers and smashed the English bowlers all over the park. It was a sight to behold for all Indian fans as they saw the two pillars of Indian cricket enjoy each other’s company.
In the fifth over of the game, Rohit replicated Virat as both the batsmen smashed sixes off Mark Wood. When Rohit smashed Wood for a pull-shot, skipper Virat couldn’t hold back his emotions as he first-bumped Rohit and celebrated Rohit’s scintillating shot.
Watch the video here:
Clearly, these instances are worthy enough of portraying the fact that the rumours of rift between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are nothing but mere rumours. Both these batsmen are the pillars of Indian cricket and they have gone on to dominate world cricket for the last decade while donning the Indian colours.
Their contribution to the team matters not only with the bat, but also with the amount of experience they bring in the side. For years, the two have led the Indian cricket team and pulled them out whenever the team has been under firs. Although their fans might not stop quarelling with each other as to who is the better batsman and captain, it is only for the betterment of world cricket that we just enjoy the sheer class and quality that these two individuals bring.