Just before the men in blue left for the tour against the West Indies, captain Virat Kohi had down played all the speculations of any rift in the Indian dressing room, as a matter of fact, coach Ravi Shastri also went on to say that no individual was bigger than the team.
Interestingly, Rohit Sharma has now shared a post on his official Twitter handle and has captioned it,"I don't just walk out for my Team. I walk out for my country."
I don’t just walk out for my Team. I walk out for my country. pic.twitter.com/S4RFkC0pSk— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) July 31, 2019
Speaking at the pre-departure press conference, Ravi Shastri said, "The way the team plays, no individual is bigger than the team. The way they play is in the interest of the game. You cannot have that consistency if there is a rift or whatever."
Captain Virat Kohli also went on to rubbish the rumours of a rift."In my opinion, it's baffling to be honest. It's absolutely ridiculous to read such stuff that comes out. I have been to a few public events and the public sentiment is 'aap log kya khele (you guys played so well)'. We have so much respect.
"We are feeding off lies. We are overlooking facts. We are turning a blind eye to all the good things that has happened. We are creating fantasies and scenarios in our head and want to accept that this is the truth.
"I have seen this for too long now. Bringing personal lives into the picture. It's disrespectful after a moment. We've had no issues. If I don't like somebody, it shows on my face. I have also heard a lot in past few days but if team atmosphere isn't good, we couldn't have played well," Kohli insisted.
There were speculations that one of the senior players had his family stay with him for longer period than the stipulated time and that it was done without the consent of the captain Virat Kohli and the coach has resulted in an atmosphere of mistrust in the dressing room.