The reviews of a rift between two India stalwarts, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, grabbed most eyeballs when Ravi Shastri was related to the Males in Blue as head coach.
Again then, Shastri had dismissed all such speculations made by the media, however now former India fielding coach R Sridhar has revealed a special aspect of the Virat versus Rohit saga.
In his guide, ‘Teaching Past: My Days with the Indian Cricket Crew’, Sridhar narrated that day when Shastri referred to as Virat and Rohit to his room throughout the 2019 India tour of the West Indies.
“After the 2019 World Cup, there was a number of dangerous press about what allegedly occurred within the dressing room throughout our marketing campaign and following our loss to New Zealand within the semifinal. We had been knowledgeable that there was a Rohit camp and a Virat camp, that somebody had unfollowed one other on social media – stuff that could possibly be unsettling for those who allowed it to fester,” Sridhar wrote in his guide.
“We landed in the US (US) some 10 days after the World Cup for a T20 sequence towards West Indies in Lauderhill. One of many first issues Ravi did on arrival was to name Virat and Rohit to his room and impress upon them that for Indian cricket to be wholesome, they wanted to be on the identical web page. ‘No matter occurred on social media, that’s all superb, however you two are essentially the most senior cricketers so this should cease,’ Ravi stated in his typical non-nonsense method. ‘I would like you to place all this behind and get collectively for us to maneuver ahead’”.
Thus, Shastri grew to become the peacemaker whereas Virat and Rohit set their reset button. Since then, the rapport between the highest two Indian stars has improved considerably.
“You can see that issues began to get higher after that. Ravi’s motion was swift, easy and decisive. It was simply getting each the blokes collectively, sitting them down and making them speak. Ravi didn’t waste any time in doing so. That he felt inspired to name the white-ball captain and his deputy to obviously state his thoughts is indicative of the form of ambiance we had facilitated. That Virat and Rohit noticed motive in Ravi’s stance and instantly obtained all the way down to enterprise was the mutilate tribute to our tradition ‘one for all, all for one, however staff above all’,” acknowledged Sridhar.