The rift between Indian captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma has hogged headlines in the recent past. Before leaving for the West Indies tour, Kohli rubbished all such theories and even termed them “baseless”.
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 Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) panel as to how he would have handled the rift between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
Firstly, he denied any such rift and then went on to add that if there would be any such instance, as a head coach, he would’ve stepped in immediately and tried to solve it as he wishes to have a good atmosphere in the dressing room.
“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. 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?” the candidate was quoted as saying by Mid-Day.
It is also being reported that Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh (the other two Indian candidates other than Ravi Shastri) are unhappy with the way they were rated by the CAC. They were placed below Hesson and Moody, with Shastri taking the top spot.
“I was even complimented for my coaching knowledge by one member of the CAC. He asked me how did I learn so much about coaching. I was also asked whether I would do the job for only the limited-overs team or only the Test side and I replied in the affirmative,” the candidate added.
After Shastri’s extension till T20 World Cup 2021, the All India Senior Selection Committee led by MSK Prasad will be picking the support staff of the Indian team. A batting coach, bowling coach, fielding coach, physiotherapist, and a conditioning coach will be finalized soon after the applications were received earlier this month.