XtraTime Web Desk: Just two days ago India lost the semifinals of the ICC Cricket World Cup against New Zealand by a whisker and suddenly a report has come out that there is a possible rift going on in the dressing room. As per a report in Dainik Jagaran there are two sides in the team, one is with India skipper Virat Kohli & the other is with the team’s vice captain Rohit Sharma, but it’s true that there is no division in the squad. The reports also suggest that there is a bias in the team management regarding the selection of players.
The report states that only those part of ‘Virat Company’ or those who are performing consistently, like Rohit and Jasprit Bumrah, will get a chance of playing in the team. Quoting a member of the Indian team, the report further mentions that there is a strong bias towards KL Rahul, who is backed by the team management even when he is not performing.
The report further quotes a Team India player saying that Ambati Rayudu was not picked up for the World Cup squad beacuse he was not in the good books of the captain. The report adds that the team is unhappy with coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun and many want to see them go.
Ravi Shastri was appointed head coach of the team after Anil Kumble was forced to step down from his position after India’s loss to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final in 2017. Kumble in a social media post had revealed that his exit was due to poor relations with captain Virat Kohli, who backed Shastri for a second stint in charge of the team.