Split in Indian team over Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma?

Since India’s loss against New Zealand in 2019 Cricket World Cup semi-finals, Indian Cricket Team has been facing disappointment and scrutiny. The defeat has stirred up reports of rift in the team

Split in Indian team over Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma?

NH Sports Bureau

Since India’s loss against New Zealand in the 2019 Cricket World Cup semi-finals, the Indian Cricket Team has been facing disappointment and severe scrutiny. According to a recent report, the problems seem to have escalated as Kohli and Co face criticism over a rift within the team.

Dainik Jagran has reported at length on the same, detailing the rift post their World Cup exit. There seems to be two sides within the team – one that is for the Captain Virat Kohli, while the other supporting the Vice captain Rohit Sharma, the report claims.

There appears to be bias at play during the selection process for the team. The players who Kohli personally prefers or holds in high regard are secure in their position where as others fear where or if they shall even be placed. Yadav and Karthik might find their career cut short. There also appears to be a strong bias for KL Rahul, who, despite his poor form always makes 11th player for the team; these seem to be some of the issues causing the rif in the team.

Many also reportedly dislike the combination of head coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun and would prefer if they were no longer coaching the team. The news of the rift is important as it has come up right after India’s exit from the 2019 Cricket World Cup, where they were beaten by New Zealand in the semi-final.

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Published: 13 Jul 2019, 1:29 PM