With the advent of social media, friendships are formed in the world, and friendships of many years end in tragedy. If this happens to ordinary people, doesn’t it also happen in the friendship between superstars Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli? The former coach of the Indian team, R. Sreedhar, in his new book “Coaching Beyond” has revealed shocking information about the factional conflict in the Indian team.
But R. Sreedhar has written that it was because of Ravi Shastri that the factional attitude was ended. So far, it has been revealed that he is a praiser of Ravi Shastri in the writings of R. Sridhar. But such things as he writes are not without truth.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been playing in the Indian team since 2008. The contribution of both of them to Indian white ball cricket is great, we have to say that their contribution is not enough to say that they are great men in Test matches.
It was during the 2019 World Cup that there were two factions in the Indian team, namely Virat Kohli camp and Rohit Sharma group, that there was a crack in the friendship between the two. The Kohli-Rohit conflict peaked when Kohli was dropped from the captaincy after losing the T20 World Cup in 2021. Former fielding coach R. Sreedhar says yes if there is any truth in Kohli’s team and Rohit’s team.
Now let’s see what he wrote: “After the 2019 World Cup semi-final defeat, there was a lot of critical news. The news reached us that the players have been divided into two groups in the team, Rohit’s camp and goalie’s camp. It was becoming a big deal that one unfollowed the other on social media. If this trend continues, it will only get worse.
After the World Cup we went to the US for a T20 series against the May Islands. Then coach Ravi Shastri, who came to know about the Rohit-Kholi conflict, called both of them to his room and explained it. In other words, if Indian cricket is to be healthy, he insisted that both should work together. ‘Let what happened on social media happen.
You both are senior cricketers so you should stop this immediately. Both of you should leave these things behind and work together for the betterment of the team, Ravi Shastri said categorically.
There were concerns that the affair would cause long-term damage if Shastri did not make peace. Without Shastri, the situation would not have been what it is now. Ravi Shastri’s intervention was very immediate and things settled down. Ravi Shastri wasted no time in calling both of them and making them talk face to face. Both felt this. They realized that the team is above all else and their relationship improved.
This is written by R. Sreedhar.