POST TIME: 23 July, 2019 00:00 00 AM
A row between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma!
DUBAI, Gulf News

A row between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma!

In this file photo Indian captain Virat Kohli (L) talks with his deputy Rohit Sharma

The Indian team seems to have been hit by a rift between two super stars – Indian skipper Virat Kohli and opener Rohit Sharma.

Though the team management did their best to keep the news about the conflict between the two stars under wraps during the recent World Cup, soon after the team’s defeat to England as well as New Zealand in the semifinal, it spilled out into the open.

It is now becoming evident that the World Cup was played with Indian team divided into two camps – namely Kohli camp and Sharma camp. There were heavy disagreements on many issues with Kohli and even coach Ravi Shastri having a tough time to sort it out. With Sharma piling up centuries after centuries, the power of Sharma supporters and their views became stronger. Towards the end, especially after the defeat in the semifinal, it had reached a stage of a group mooting the idea that Kohli, who hasn’t won any ICC tournament for India, should step down from captaincy. India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun even admitted that certain players were working as a unit but quickly added that arguments and discussions can happen when taking decisions.

Kohli, who had ensured total control over the team till now, has found himself in a shaky situation after Sharma scored heavily while he did not even hit any century.

Though Kohli justified his form stating that he could not score a century owing to playing the role of a supporter to others, his view point did not receive the required backing. Meanwhile, a section in the BCCI were also influenced by the demand for split captaincy by suggesting that Sharma should lead India in limited over matches and Kohli’s captaincy be confined to Test matches.

The Sharma group is understood to have been upset at Mohammad Shami being made to sit out for a match, despite being their most successful bowler and Ravindra Jadeja, who proved to be a success through a fighting knock in semifinal, being ignored for many matches.