Virat Kohli clarifies the controversy surrounding him and the new white ball skipper Rohit Sharma and says that there is no problem between him and Rohit. “I’m tired now of hearing the same question for the last two years. One thing I want to say is I will never let or try to let my team down till I play for the Indian team,” said Virat in a virtual press conference.
Kohli said that he will miss Rohit on the South Africa tour in the test matches. Virat was addressing a virtual press conference before leaving for the South Africa tour.
Earlier, Virat Kohli had decided to step down as the T-20 captaincy and focus on his batting and workload management. But, he never said anything about his role in ODI cricket. And the controversy between Virat and Rohit started making headlines in the mainstream media and social media platforms after the board had decided to change the captain in the ODI as well and handed it to Rohit Sharma. The board president Saurabh Ganguly clarified saying “We wanted Virat to lead the side in T-20 as well but he denied, we had no other option but to appoint Rohit in the captaincy role. We can’t have two captains in white-ball cricket,” reports ANI.
The fuel was added to the fire when the former captain of the India Cricket team Mohammad Azahuddin took to social media and raised questions on the coincidence of Virat not playing ODI’s and Rohit not playing the test matches on South Africa’s tour.
Virat Kohli has informed that he's not available for the ODI series & Rohit Sharma is unavailable fr d upcoming test. There is no harm in takin a break but d timing has to be better. This just substantiates speculation abt d rift. Neither wil be giving up d other form of cricket.
— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) December 14, 2021
However, Rohit Sharma is not taking part in test matches due to his hamstring injury that he received while preparing for the matches in the nets before leaving for the tour. The BCCI informed this through an official press release to media and named Priyank Panchal as his replacement for the tour.