While Rohit has not yet addressed the issue, Kohli had called the remours ‘baffling and ridiculous’. @AFP/PTI

Since the end of World Cup 2019, stories of a rift between India skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy in white-ball cricket, Rohit Sharma have been making rounds. Although Kohli himself quashed reports of any such rift, the news continues to build on. Amidst all this, India legend Sunil Gavaskar, who was himself involved in an alleged rift with Kapil Dev, has opined that the rumours regarding Rohit-Kohli rift won’t stop even 20 years from now.

“Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are professionals and they will put their heads down and go out to win matches for India but the story won’t stop even 20 years later,” he wrote in his column for Sportstar.

Gavaskar also pointed out that sometimes a frustrated player is responsible for giving wings to such stories. “Whoever starts such stories is definitely not a well-wisher of Indian cricket. More often than not it’s a frustrated player in the squad who gives wings to stories like this. His envy and jealousy harms the team. Then of course it suits some administrators to play their own game of politics,” he added.

Virat Kohli @ AFP
Virat Kohli (File Photo) @ AFP

While Rohit has not yet addressed the issue, Kohli had called the remours ‘baffling and ridiculous’. The duo recently showed its on-field chemistry in the 2nd T20I of the series against West Indies in Florida where they put up 48 runs for the second wicket. Kohli has time and again complemented Rohit on occasions and there seems to be no such problems between the two as far as their on-field behaviour goes.

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The Indian skipper also appreciated his deputy when Rohit reached his 17th half-century in the 11th over, putting an end to all rumours.

Meanwhile, India whitewashed the two-time T20 World Cup champions West Indies in three-match T20I series recently. Persistent rain in Guyana meant 1st ODI washed out after a play of just 13 overs. The next two ODIs will be played in Trinidad, on August 11 and 14 respectively.