All is well, says Virat ahead of West Indies series
July 31, 2019
Squelching all reports of a rift within the Indian cricket team, captain Virat Kohli categorically denied any rumours of differences between him and Rohit Sharma. The reports started making the rounds after the team came back from England after the loss in the semi-finals of World Cup 2019.
Speaking to the media, Virat called the rumours baffling.
In my opinion it's baffling to be honest. It's absolutely ridiculous to read such stuff that comes out. I have been to a few public events and the sentiment is aap log kya khele (you guys played so well). We are feeding off lies. We are overlooking facts. We are turning a blind eye to all the good things that has happened. We are creating fantasies and scenarios in our head and want to accept that this is the truth. I have seen this for too long now. Bringing personal lives into the picture. It's disrespectful after a moment. There is nothing between me and Rohit. - Virat Kohli, India cricket captain
Virat also said that if the team atmosphere had been negative, they wouldn't have succeeded.
India head coach Ravi Shastri added, "No nonsense in the team, not a single individual is greater than the team."
Virat was asked about reports that he and Jasprit Bumrah might be rested for the limited overs leg. "Our rest period is put on record. It's all on the e-mail given to the Board. So I don't know what report they have created. In my mind, until the trainer or the physio tells me to rest because my progress in such and such with datas collected from all games. I don't know what communication was sent out to the selectors because nothing was communicated to me in terms of rest," said Virat.
Shastri also said there were no differences between the wives of players with a cheeky answer - "Very soon you will read also wives batting and bowling, then what do you want me to do?".
India are slated to play a month-long full tour (T20Is, ODIs and Tests) against Windies, starting from 3 August in the United States.