Barely two days have passed since India crashed out of the 2019 ICC World Cup, after being beaten by New Zealand in semi finals, reports of discontent and a rift within the side have already started to emerge.
Hindi daily Dainik Jagran, quoting a player from the current team India, has reported that the there exist two factions within the squad – one of which is close to captain Virat Kohli, and the other to vice-captain Rohit Sharma.
According to report also Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri often take unilateral decisions without taking others into confidence, creating discontent within the team. “The latest instance of such a decision was the selection of Vijay Shankar over Ambati Rayudu as the designated No.4 in the World Cup squad,” the report noted.
The report also suggests that the hegemony of Shastri and Kohli goes unopposed within the team management as the captain enjoys support of Vinod Rai, chief of Supreme Court-backed CoA.
The report also points out that apart from the indispensable players like Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah, those in the ‘Virat Company’ get preference in team selection, adding that there are two factions within the team, the other one loyal to Rohit.
However, the rift within the squad hasn’t yet reached a point to trigger a major conflict.
“KL Rahul, despite his poor performances, will always be assured of a spot either as an opener or as the No 4. In the worst scenario, he would be kept in the 15-member squad.” The report said.
Also, the player reportedly said that Yuzvendra Chahal, by virtue of being part of the Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bengaluru side, is preferred over Kuldeep Yadav, when the situation demands to drop either of the two wrist spinners.(with inputs from The Quint)