Ravi Shastri, the head coach of India cricket team, has once again dismissed reports of an alleged rift between captain Virat Kohli and his ODI and T20I deputy, Rohit Sharma.
After India’s exit from the 2019 World Cup, rumors of a rift between Kohli and Rohit surfaced. And, at a press conference before the departure of Team India for the USA and West Indies tour, Kohli dismissed all such reports and said he was “baffled” by what he read.
In a recent interview with Gulf News, coach Shastri said: “In a side when you have 15 players, there will always be times when there will be opinions that will be different. That is what is needed. I don’t want everyone toeing the same line. You have got to have discussions and someone might then think of a fresh strategy which has to be encouraged.
“Sometimes it might be the junior-most player in the team who may come up with a strategy which we hadn’t even thought of and we need to bring that to the table. So these should not be seen as a conflict.”
Emphasizing his point further, Shastri said: “I have been there with them and I have seen how the boys have played and how they have complemented the team and know their work ethics. I feel it is absolute nonsense. If that was the case why would Rohit get five hundreds in the World Cup? Why would Virat do what he is doing? How would they have partnerships together?”
India had a successful tour of the USA and the Caribbean, where they defeated West Indies across formats and began the ICC World Test Championship on a resounding note.
India’s next assignment is a home series against the Proteas, starting September 15.