Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur reacted to the alleged rift between two Indian captains, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, saying nobody is bigger than sports and concerned federations or associations should provide information about the matter.

“Sports is supreme & nobody is bigger than sports. I can’t you give info as to what’s going on between which players in what game. It’s the job of concerned federations/associations. It’ll be better if they give info,” Sports Minister Anurag Thakur told India Today.

Rumors of differences between the two leading cricketers have been doing the rounds ever since Kohli was removed as the ODI skipper and the job was handed to Rohit by the BCCI last week. This happened after Kohli decided to step down as skipper of the T20I side post the ICC T20 World Cup last month and Rohit took over.

Rohit then suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday and was ruled out of the South Africa Test series, in which Kohli will be leading the Indian team. Then came the rumours of Kohli possibly skipping the SA ODIs due to his daughter’s first birthday, but nothing has been confirmed by the Indian cricket board or the player himself.

Notably, Rohit and Kohli have not played with each other since India’s exit from the ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE in early November. Kohli is scheduled to address the media in a press conference on Wednesday. He is expected to be bombarded with questions over the rumours floating on social media, be it over the ODI captaincy change, his participation in the limited-overs series against South Africa and even his rapport with Rohit.


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