MUMBAI: Weeks of staying put inside a bio bubble throughout the pandemic hasn’t been simple for the Indian cricket group. However, if there’s something constructive to emerge from such strict quarantine guidelines then it’s the forging of a ‘renewed friendship’ between two proverbial alphamales within the Team India dressing room – Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
TOI understands that Kohli and Sharma, two of Team India’s senior-most members – aided by the group administration and coach Ravi Shastri – discovered the time and house wanted to take a seat throughout the desk and “talk it out” throughout the sequence towards England. The two batsmen, who over the past couple of years, have been reportedly not getting alongside, determined to start on a brisker observe.
“Apart from winning two big series, that’s been the biggest gain inside the Team India dressing room. A great deal of personal bonding has happened in recent weeks and they’re more in sync now than ever with regards to their cricket, the team, their responsibilities and the upcoming challenges. They understand now, more than ever, that the team will only benefit if they find themselves on the same page. This has been the biggest takeaway in the last four months,” prime sources stated.
From opening the batting to counting on one another on the sphere to bonding off it, Kohli and Sharma have ticked all the correct bins to grasp one another’s perspective higher. Staying contained in the bio-bubble for weeks meant lots of additional time available and that helped.
“All the chatter from the outside was causing too much bitterness and all the hearsay was making things worse. It’s been the story of Indian cricket for far too long – of vested interests time and again taking advantage of rivalries between players. Like all professionals, Virat and Rohit too would have their disagreements from time to time. But until recently, they never thought of sitting down and talking it out with the kind of clarity that is now visible,” sources add.
Those monitoring developments level out how the 2 main cricketers have additionally made it a degree to subtly let these outdoors of the Team India camp know that “gossip theories need to end”.
“They’ve spent a lot of time talking to each other in public, like during the post-match presentation at the end of the T20 series. They’ve been appearing in photographs together a lot more than in the past. During the One-day series, Virat made it a point to keep his discussions on with Rohit constantly during the game. These things would happen earlier too, but this one time they’ve decided to make it more visible for outsiders to know that all this chatter now needs to stop,” sources add.
Those who’ve the cricketers’ ear insist this isn’t some public-relations train they’re indulging in to point out everybody that issues are effective even when they are not.
“Neither of them has the patience for such exercises. Both understand that neither of the two is any less important in the team and if disagreements have to crop-up, then it’s best they resolve it between them than letting outsiders speak for them. It’s the healthiest thing that could’ve happened to the team while staying in the bio-bubble,” say these within the know.