Ravi Shastri opens up on Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s past rift rumors

Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri has denied any rift between skipper Virat Kohli and his white-ball deputy Rohit Sharma. There were rumors of a rift after the 2019 ODI World Cup in England and Wales, but nothing was officially confirmed.

Shastri, in interaction with Times Now, reacted to the reports on the differences between Kohli and Rohit. The head coach never felt it in the Indian dressing room or he would have said it on their faces.

“I never saw it. So when People used to ask me like this, I say what you have seen I have not seen. Hamesha taalmel acha hai (the coordination has always been there). I have never seen it affecting the team. If I see an effect in the team, I will say on Virat or Rohit’s face that this is not on and you have to look at things differently. But not once have I seen it impacting the team from day 1. I am a person who says what I want,” he said.

Indian cricket captain Kohli had reacted to the news back in 2019 before the West Indies tour. He said that such reports are baffling and disrespectful. “I too have heard a lot. Dressing room atmosphere is important to succeed. If this (rumor of the rift) was true, we would not have performed well. It’s ridiculous to read such news. We are overlooking faces. We are turning blind eyes towards good things. 

“It’s disrespectful to bring such news. You’ll come to the changing room and see how we are. We cant show you videos. It baffles you as a team member and the captain.”