'Nobody is bigger than sport': Mohammad Azharuddin and Anurag Thakur on alleged rift between Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma

New Delhi: Amid reports of an alleged rift between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has categorically said that no player is bigger than a sport. The Sports Minister has reportedly warned both the captains. Virat Kohli has given an application to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to withdraw from the ODI series during the tour of South Africa. There is speculation in the cricketing world that Virat and Rohit do not want to play under each other's captaincy.

On reports of an rift between Kohli and Sharma, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has said that no one is bigger than sports. I can't tell which captains of which game what is going on. It is the responsibility of the associations associated with that game. It would be better for him to give information in this regard.  In fact, BCCI is also fed up with reports of a fight in the team. She is trying to convince Captain Kohli, but the question arises whether Kohli will agree. Kohli had announced his quitting the T20 captaincy in his post on September 16 and talked about continuing the captaincy of Tests and ODI. Even then, he may not have liked the board's removal from the ODI captaincy.

Meanwhile, speculations have started over Rohit's injury and Virat's leave. Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin had tweeted his opinion on the issue. He wrote, 'Virat Kohli had mentioned that he is not available for the ODI series and Rohit Sharma is not available for the Test series. There is no harm in taking breaks, but the timing should be better. It only confirms speculation of a rift between the team. Nor will it benefit cricket from anywhere. '

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also accepted the ongoing rift between Virat and Rohit. According to the report, the board has blamed Kohli for the controversy but has also found a way to reconcile. A BCCI official said, "Kohli's removal from the captaincy of ODI was for the good of the team, but his response was selfish. They should not become selfish.''

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