Differences between leading stars in Indian cricket have been doing the rounds and reports of rift between the captain and vice-captain has got the BCCI concerned.
With an attempt to douse the fire, CEO Rahul Johri is set to fly to US next week. According to BCCI sources, “In today’s age when support groups get involved, things can get messy. Both are mature individuals and things should be back on track after being spoken with.” On the record, however, the BCCI continues to maintain ‘the rift is nothing but media creation’.
Head coach Ravi Shastri who has overseen the MS Dhoni-Virat Kohli captainship transition is also likely to be called in to reiterate the importance of dressing room atmosphere to all the concerned.
The Indian team will depart to the US on Monday night and are scheduled to play two T20I games against West Indies on 3rd and 4th in Florida before proceeding to Carribean for rest of the tour.
Coach Shastri will not be leaving with the team and join the side after a couple of days.
One of the trigger points of the spoiled relations between the duo is the story of split captainship doing the rounds.
The selectors reposed confidence in Virat Kohli appointing him captain in all formats for the West Indies tour after India’s World Cup 2019 semi final exit. But Virat’s leadership in white ball cricket will be viewed closely with the next major assignment, the T20 World Cup, being just fifteen months away.