Kohli and Rohit are mature guys, no truth in rift speculation: Gambhir
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli could be India's main batsmen in 2023 too. © AFP

Critics were handed a fresh salvo when reports emerged of a rift in the Indian cricket team following their semi-final exit at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England.

A news report claimed that the team was divided into two factions – one represented by captain Virat Kohli and the other by his deputy Rohit Sharma.

However, former India opener Gautam Gambhir sees no truth to the speculation saying Kohli and Rohit are responsible enough to not let that happen. However, Gambhir feels that BCCI should have addressed the matter immediately to stop the “tongues wagging.”

“Closer home, I read that there is a rift within the (Indian) team,” Gambhir wrote in his column for The Times of India. “A news article claims that all is not well between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. For starters, BCCI should have by now spoken to the people concerned and issued a statement on the matter. Whatever is coming out is all “off-the-record” which further sets the tongues wagging and gives rise to speculation.”

He continued, “I don’t know what is happening in the dressing room, but from a distance it all settled. Besides, both Virat and Rohit are mature guys, hence I don’t think there is any truth in the rift speculation.”

Gambhir, who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket last year, felt that should the rumours be proved wrong, will the media house who claimed the rift apologise.

“Personally, I agree that journalists have their sources whom they attribute the information to but what happens if the rift is denied. Will there be a public apology by the media house or the author of the story?” he wrote.

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) is set to discuss the rumours in its review meeting.