The rumours of a possible rift between skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma have been doing the rounds for quite some time now. However, Team India coach, Ravi Shastri has ruled out these rumours as nothing but ‘nonsense’ in a Press Conference in Mumbai on Monday. He was speaking on the occasion of a pre-departure conference before the Men in Blue embark on a tour to West Indies.
While the talks of a rift were around since last year, it intensified after India’s bitter exit from the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
“The way this team plays, no individual is bigger than the game. Not me, not him (Virat), nobody in the team. And the way they play, it is in the interest of the team. You cannot have the kind of consistency across all formats if you have rifts or divisions. I have been part of the dressing room, and none of that nonsense is there,” Shastri said.
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Dressing Room Atmosphere is Important: Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli further stated that it would have been impossible for the team to perform if the dressing room’s atmosphere was unhealthy.
“I have also heard a lot of things in the last few days. If the dressing room atmosphere wasn’t healthy, then it wasn’t possible for us to play the way we have been playing in the last couple of years.”
“I understand how important is the dressing room atmosphere and the trust factor is for a team to succeed in international cricket,” the 30-year-old added.
Team India will be off on the tour of the West Indies on July 29. They will play the first two T20Is against West Indies on August 3 and 4 in the United States’ Lauderhill before moving on to Providence for the third T20I scheduled for August 6.
After the T20Is, the team will play another 3-match ODI series between August 8 to 14, followed by 2-match Test series which gets underway on August 22.
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