I walk out for my country, not just the team: Rohit Sharma

first_imgAmid rift rumours between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the Indian men’s cricket team departed for a full fledged month-long tour of the United States and the Caribbean on Monday.Hours after the team left for the US, India vice-captain Rohit Sharma took to Twitter to post a picture saying, “I don’t just walk out for my Team. I walk out for my country.”Reports of differences between captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma have been doing the rounds ever since India’s World Cup 2019 campaign got over.I don’t just walk out for my Team. I walk out for my country. pic.twitter.com/S4RFkC0pSkRohit Sharma (@ImRo45) July 31, 2019However, in a pre-departure press conference ahead of the West Indies tour, Virat Kohli rubbished the rift reports by calling all such news as ‘ridiculous’ and disrespectful’.Addressing the media on Monday, Virat Kohli said: “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 sentiment is “aap log kya khele (you guys played so well).”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.”India head coach Ravi Shastri too said the dressing room atmosphere in the India team is healthy and the rift rumours were nothing but ‘nonsense’.advertisement”The way this team plays, no individual is bigger than the game. Not me, not him (Virat), nobody in the team. And the way they play, it is in the interest of the team. You cannot have the kind of consistency across all the formats, if you have rifts or divisions. I have been part of the dressing room and none of that nonsense is there,” said Ravi Shastri.The series between India and West Indies starts from August 3 and includes 3 T20Is, followed by an equal number of ODIs, with the 2 Test series starting from August 22.This will be India’s first tournament since the semi-final exit from the World Cup 2019 after defeat against New Zealand. The 2-match Test series against West Indies will also be part of the inaugural edition of World Test Championship and will have 120 WTC points on offer for both the teams.Read more | Jofra Archer misses out as England announce squad for opening Ashes TestAlso see:last_img

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