India not only lost the ICC World Cup but it also triggered a rift between two top players of the team, captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma. After the series, whispering started that Rohit could be a better fit for captaincy. The rumours came out from being the internal matter as some administrators also fueled the fire. However, Kohli before the start of the West Indies tour called these stories false.
“In my opinion, its baffling. It’s absolutely ridiculous to read these kind of stuff, that comes out there. I have been to public events where we have been praised and here we are feeding off lies, overlooking facts, turning a blind eye to all good things that happened and creating fantasies and scenarios in our head. We want to accept that this is the truth,” Kohli said.
But former India captain Sunil Gavaskar believes such stories can last for decades. Gavaskar wrote: “Virat and Rohit can shout from the rooftops as much as they can but this story won’t end. Every time Rohit fails there will be those who will nod their heads knowingly and wink, hinting he deliberately got out.”
He also hinted,“Whoever starts such stories is definitely not a well-wisher of Indian cricket. More often than not it’s a frustrated player in the squad who gives wings to stories like this. His envy and jealousy harm the team. Then of course it suits some administrators to play their own game of politics. For the media it’s manna from heaven and so while it can be suppressed when the cricket is on, the rest days between games is where the story gets fanned further. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are professionals and they will put their heads down and go out to win matches for India but the story won’t stop even 20 years later."
Currently, India is playing against West Indies for all three formats and the team has already won T20 series.