Rohit Sharma was recently appointed as the captain of Team India in the limited-overs after replacing Virat Kohli. It was reported that Kohli was given a 48-hour ultimatum to step down as the skipper but he didn’t. That led to the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) sacking Virat Kohli and naming Rohit Sharma as the skipper. It was recently reported that Kohli and Sharma have a rift between them following the events. A day after former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin had tweeted about the alleged rift, the Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur on Wednesday reflected on the matter.
“…nobody is bigger than sport,” says Anurag Thakur on the alleged rift between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma
Anurag Thakur on Wednesday said there is no player bigger than the game. “Sports is supreme and nobody is bigger than sport. I can’t you give information as to what’s going on between which players in what game. It’s the job of concerned federations/associations. It’ll be better if they give info,” said Anurag Thakur when asked about the alleged rift between Kohli and Sharma.
On Tuesday, Former India cricketer Kirti Azad said that if Rohit and Kohli are not playing together, then the Men in Blue will suffer and cricket will take a hit. It was recently announced by BCCI that Rohit Sharma will miss the upcoming Test series against South Africa due to a hamstring injury. Priyank Panchal has been named as the replacement and this will mark his debut in the National outfit.
Previously, Rohit Sharma had stated that he enjoyed playing under Kohli for the five years he led the team. While BCCI President Sourav Ganguly also explained the decision of naming Sharma as the captain in the limited-overs. Speaking about Virat Kohli, it was reported that he had asked for a brief hiatus but later it was noted that he is yet to ask for it officially.
India’s tour of South Africa will begin with the Boxing Day Test match between the two nations on 26th December.